Water (In)Security Panel at European Forum Alpbach

The session on “Water (In)Security” at European Forum Alpbach in 2020 was organised in the form of a panel discussion between four panelists: Leena Koni Hoffmann, Tom Middendorp, Chitra Nagarajan, Stefan Rahmstorf. This was promising to be an interesting discussion, unfortunately the conversation was rather dull and had almost no insights to offer for anyone […]

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The Rise of Global Hydro-hubs in the Times of Climate Crisis

On 29 August, dr. Farhad Mukhtarov delivered a lecture followed by a discussion at the European Forum Alpbach. His lecture, known in the context of the forum as a “working group”, was titled “The Rise of Global Hydro-hubs in the Times of Climate Crisis” and lasted for 1 hour 15 minutes; between 60 and 90 […]

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The Rise of Global “Hydro-hubs”: How Water Management Expertise Became a Much Wanted Commodity

On Saturday 29 August at 1700 CET I will give a talk within the auspices of the Alpbach Forum and the Azerbaijani Cluster of the forum. The title of the talkĀ  is “The Rise of Global Hydro-hubs: How Expertise of Water Management Became a Much Wanted Commodity”. At the end of the lecture you will […]

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Behavioural Public Policy or Nudging: Good or Bad?

I have been reading and thinking about nudging for over four years now and the debate around it never stops to amaze me. Many of the readers of this blog will be familiar with the well-known book by Thaler and Sunstein released in 2009 and winning Richard Thaler a Nobel prize in economics later (of […]

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Discovering Suriname

Suriname is a country that is well-known in The Netherlands because it was a Dutch colony and there are many Surinamese who live in The Netherlands, mostly people with Hindustani background, but also creoles (people of African and European descent) and Surinamese with Indonesian roots. I taught at a public administration programme, and the composition […]

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