Drs.ir. E. (Ellen) Minkman


Ellen Minkman is a researcher and lecturer at the section of Organisation & Governance. In her research she focusses on decision making and governance of water management.

After completing masters in Water Management and Science Communication from TU Delft, Ellen briefly worked for VP Delta to set up a citizen monitoring network for the Red River in Hanoi, Vietnam. From 2016 to 2020, she worked at Erasmus University Rotterdam on her PhD research, focussing on policy transfer of delta management practices from the Netherlands to Asian countries. During her PhD, Ellen furthermore worked part-time as water trainee at the National Water Traineeship for 2 years.


Ellen’s research concentrates on water and delta management, especially in relation to climate change adaptation and international development cooperation. Her research interests include decision making and governance for future-proof urban deltas as well as governance transitions in water management and related policy fields (e.g. agriculture, energy).

  • Minkman, E., Van Der Sanden, M. and Rutten, M. (2017) ‘Practitioners’ viewpoints on citizen science in water management: A case study in Dutch regional water resource management’, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21(1), pp. 153–167. doi: 10.5194/hess-21-153-2017.
  • Minkman, E., Buuren, A. van and Bekkers, V. J. J. M. (2018) ‘Policy transfer routes: an evidence-based conceptual model to explain policy adoption’, Policy Studies, 39(2), pp. 222–250. doi: 10.1080/01442872.2018.1451503.
  • Minkman, E. and Buuren, A. van (2019) ‘Branding in Policy Translation: how the Dutch Delta Approach became an international brand.’, Environmental Science and Policy, 96(June), pp. 114–122. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2019.03.005.

Ellen Minkman

Researcher & Lecturer

  • e.minkman@tudelft.nl
  • Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
    Building 31

    Monday till Thursday

Multi-Actor Systems

Organisation & Governance

Research interests:
Water Management
Climate change adaptation
Delta Management

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