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Susanne Schmeier is an Associate Professor in Water Law and Diplomacy at IHE Delft, the Netherlands.

Her work focuses on the legal and institutional dimensions of water resources management at both the (sub-)national and the transboundary levels, the role of agreements and river basin organizations in promoting and maintaining sustainable water resources management, the linkages between water insecurity and conflict and related entry points for water-based cooperation and negotiation processes, as well as the sustainable management of ecosystems linked to water resources (including the management of mountain eco-regions and source-to-sea approaches as well as biodiversity). Susanne Schmeier also leads the Water, Peace and Security (WPS) partnership.

She holds a PhD from the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies at the Hertie School of Governance, the Free University of Berlin and the Social Science Research Center (WZB) – in collaboration with Oregon State University (OSU) – and an LLM in International Law from the University of London.

Selected publications include

  • Kittikhoun, A. & Schmeier, S. (eds.) (2020): River Basin Organizations in Water Diplomacy, London: Routledge
  • Schmeier, S. (2020): Prior notification of planned measures – A way out of the no harm dilemma?, International Environmental Agreements, 20, 4, 683-698
  • Milman, A., Gerlak, A., Albrecht, T., Colosimo, M., Conca, K., Kittikhoun, A., Kovacs, P., Moy, R., Schmeier, S., Wentling, K., Werick, W., Zavadsky, I. & Ziegler, J. (2020): Addressing knowledge gaps for transboundary environmental governance, Global Environmental Change, 64, 3, 102-162
  • Meijer, K., Schmeier, S., Dahm, R. (2020): Conflicts and local and imported water shortage in the MENA countries, MED Directions (ed.): Conflicts and Natural Resources in the MENA Region and its Immediate Neighborhood, Florence: European University Institute, 47-62
  • Schmeier, S. & Zavadsky, I. (2020): Managing disagreements in European basins – What role for river basin organizations in water diplomacy?, Kittikhoun, A. & Schmeier, S. (eds.): River Basin Organizations in Water Diplomacy, London: Routledge, 275-292
  • Zingraff-Hamed, A., Schröter, B., Schaub, S., Lepenies, R., Stein, U., Hüesker, F., Meyer, C., Schleyer, C., Schmeier, S. & Pusch, M. (2020): Perception of Bottlenecks in the Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive, Water Alternatives, 13, 3, 1-26
  • Shubber, Z. & Schmeier, S. (2018): Anchoring water diplomacy: The legal design of river basin organizations, Klimes, M. & Neal, M. (ed.): Water Diplomacy: Bridging the Science, Policy and Practice, Special Issue of the Journal of Hydrology, 567, 114-120
  • Schmeier, S. & Vogel, B. (2018): River Basin Management as a Means for Implementing Principles of International Water Resources Management – Insights from around the World, Schmutz, S. et al. (eds): Riverine Ecosystem Management: Science for governing towards a sustainable future, Berlin: Springer, 347-370
  • Molnar, K., Cuppari, R., Schmeier, S. & Demuth, S. (2017): Preventing Conflicts, Fostering Cooperation – The many roles of water diplomacy, Berlin/Koblenz: Federal Foreign Office/International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change/International Centre for Water Cooperation (ICWC) at Stockholm International Water Institute
  • Blumstein, S. & Schmeier, S. (2017): Disputes over International Watercourses: Can River Basin Organizations make a Difference?, Dinar, A. et al. (eds): Management of Transboundary Water Resources under Scarcity: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach, World Scientific Publisher, 191-236
  • Schmeier, S. (2017): Joint institutional arrangements for transboundary waters – a comparative analysis of state practice, Rieu-Clarke, A. et al. (eds.): Routledge Handbook on Water Law and Policy, London: Routledge, 260-274
  • Gerlak, A. & Schmeier, S. (2016): River Basin Organizations and the Governance of Transboundary Watercourses, Conca, K. & Weinthal, E. (eds.): Oxford Handbook on Water Politics and Policy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199335084.013.20
  • Schmeier, S., Gerlak, A. & Blumstein, S. (2015): Clearing the muddy waters of shared watercourses governance: conceptualizing international River Basin Organizations, International Environmental Agreements, DOI: 10.1007/s10784-015-9287-4
    Schmeier, S. (2014): The Institutional Design of River Basin Organizations – Empirical Findings from around the World, International Journal of River Basin Management, 13, 1, 51-72
  • Schmeier, S. (2014): River Basin Organizations lost in Translation? Transboundary River Basin Governance between Science and Policy, Bogardi, J. et al. (eds): The Global Water System in the Anthropocene. Challenges for Science and Governance, Berlin: Springer, 369-383
  • Pohl, B., Carius, A., Conca, K., Dabelko, G., Kramer, A., Michel, D., Schmeier, S., Swain, A. & Wolf, A. (2014): The Rise of Hydro-Diplomacy. Strengthening foreign policy for transboundary waters, Berlin: Federal Foreign Office/Adelphi
  • Gerlak, A. & Schmeier, S. (2014): Climate Change and Transboundary Waters: A Study of Discourse in the Mekong River Commission, Journal of Environment and Development, 23, 3, 358-386
  • Bach H., Glennie P., Taylor R., Clausen T., Holzwarth F., Jensen K., Meija A. & Schmeier S. (2014): Cooperation for Water, Energy and Food Security in Transboundary Basins under Changing Climate, Mekong River Commission, Vientiane
  • Schmeier, S. (2013): Effektives Management grenzüberschreitender Flussgebiete – die Rolle von Flussgebietskommissionen, Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung, 57, 4, 179-184
  • Schmeier, S. (2013): Governing International Watercourses. The Contribution of River Basin Organizations to the Effective Governance of Internationally Shared Rivers and Lakes, London/New York: Routledge
  • Heikkila, T., Gerlak, A., Bell, A. & Schmeier, S. (2013): Adaptation by a river basin organization: three cases of trigger and adaptive response within the Mekong River Commission, Environmental Science and Policy, 25, 1, 73-82
  • Schulze, S. & Schmeier, S. (2012): Governing Environmental Change in International River Basins – The Role of River Basin Organizations, International Journal of River Basin Management, 10, 3, 229-244
  • Schmeier, S. (2012): Navigating Cooperation beyond the Absence of Conflict: Mapping Determinants for the Effectiveness of River Basin Organizations, International Journal for Sustainable Societies, Special Issue: Water Wars in the 21st Century, 4, 1-2, 11-27
  • Schmeier, S. (2011): Resilience to Climate Change Induced Challenges in the Mekong River Basin. The Role of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), Washington, DC: World Bank Water Working Note, May 2011

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