Refereed Journal Articles (28.01.2024)

Simon, D., Gómez, O.A., Gasper, D., Bennett, K., Washbourne, C.L., Abasli, I., Mukhtarov, F., Dias, S. and Sakar, A., (2023). Global social challenges for development studies in the Crisis in the Anthropocene. Global Social Challenges Journal1, pp.1-18.

Arsel, M., Demena, B.A., Floridi, A., Gomez, G.M., Haile, G., Kalfagianni, A., Mukhtarov, F., Murshed, S.M., Papyrakis, E., Pellegrini, L. and Rieger, M., Shigute, Z., Uzín P., G.J.A., van der Hoeven, R., Vos, R., Wagner, N. (2023). International Collaboration in Times of Pandemics: An Urgent Need for Reforming our Global Financial System. Progress in Development Studies. Online:

Mukhtarov, F. (2022) Combining Behavioural and Reflective Policy Tools for the Environment: a Systematic Review of Policy Mixes. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

Mukhtarov, F. (2022) A Review of Water Policies on the Move: Diffusion, Transfer, Translation or Branding?” Water Alternatives 15.2 (2022): 290-306.

Aditya, A. and Mukhtarov, F. (2022) Relationality as a Lens for Policy Analysis: Preserving Harmony in a Triangular Cooperation Project to Strengthen Gender Mainstreaming in Fiji. Administration & Society.

Mukhtarov, F., Gasper, D., Aditya, A., Gautam, N., Hernandez Morales, D., and Duhita, S. (2021) “From “Merchants and Ministers” to “Neutral Brokers”? Water Diplomacy Aspirations by the Netherlands– a Discourse Analysis of the 2011 Commissioned Advisory Report. International Journal of Water Resources Development (IJWRD).

Boer, J.; Dieperink, C.; and Mukhtarov, F. (2019) Social Learning in Multilevel Flood Risk Governance: Lessons from the Dutch Room for the River Program. Water, 11, 2032. 3

Mukhtarov, F., Dieperink, C., Driessen, P., & Riley, J. (2019) Collaborative learning for policy innovations: sustainable urban drainage systems in Leicester, England. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 1-14. 4

Pinyol, J., Mukhtarov, F., Dieperink C., Driessen, P. Broekman, A. (2019) Upscaling urban recycled water schemes: An analysis of the presence of required governance conditions in the city of Sabadell, Spain. Water, 11, 11. URL:

Leong, C., and Mukhtarov, F. (2018) Global IWRM Ideas and Local Context: Studying Narratives in Rural Cambodia, Water. Online, URL:

Mukhtarov, F., Dieperink, C., & Driessen, P. (2018) The influence of information and communication technologies on public participation in urban water governance: A review of place-based research. Environmental Science & Policy, 89: 430-438.

Mukhtarov, F., Pierce, R. and Gerlak, A. (2017) Away from Fossil-Fuels and Toward a Bioeconomy: Knowledge Versatility for Public Policy? Environment and Planning C, 35(6): 1010-1028.

Mukhtarov, F., de Jong, M. and Pierce, R. (2017) Political and Ethical Aspects in the Ethnography of Policy Translation: Research Experiences from Turkey and China. Environment and Planning A, 49(3): 612-630.

Gerlak, A., and Mukhtarov, F. (2016) Many Faces of Security: Discursive Framing in Cross-border Natural Resource Governance in the Mekong River CommissionGlobalizations, 13 (6): 719-740.

Thiel, A., Mukhtarov, F. and Zikos, D. (2015) Crafting or Designing? Science, Politics and Conditions Determining Processes of Intended Institutional Change for Social-Ecological Systems. Environmental Science and Policy, 53 (B): 81-86.

Mukhtarov, F., Fox, S., Mukhamedova, N., and Wegerich, K. (2015) Interactive Institutional Design in the Face of Contextual Relevance: Water User Associations in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. Environmental Science and Policy, 53 (B): 206-214.

Gerlak, A. and Mukhtarov, F. (2015) ‘Ways of Knowing Water’: Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Security as Complementing DiscoursesInternational Negotiations and Environmental Agreements (INEA), 15 (3): 257–272.

Mukhtarov, F. (2014) Rethinking the Travel of Ideas: Policy Translation in the Water SectorPolicy and Politics, 42 (1): 71-88.

Mukhtarov, F. and Gerlak, A. (2014) Epistemic Forms of Integrated Water Resources Management: Towards Versatility of Knowledge. Policy Sciences, 47 (2): 101-120.

Mukhtarov, F., Osseweijer, P., and Pierce, R. (2014) The Global Governance of Biofuels: Case for Private GovernanceBio-based and Applied Economics, 3 (3): 101-110.

Mukhtarov, F. and Gerlak, A. (2013) River Basin Organizations in the Global Water Discourse: an Exploration of Agency and Strategy. Global Governance, 19 (2): 307-326.

Mukhtarov, F., Brock, A., Janssen, S., and Guigner, A. (2013) Actors and Strategies in Translating Global Conservation Narratives to Vietnam. Policy and Society, 32 (2): 113-124

Books and Book Chapters (Please, consult Google Scholar profile for the links)

Bilgen, A. and Mukhtarov, F. (2022) The Mobility of Water Governance Expertise: from Transfer to Translation to Hydro-hubs. Edward Elgar Handbook on the Governance and Politics of Water Resources. Edward Elgar.

Mukhtarov, F., Papyrakis, E., and Rieger, M., (2022) Covid-19 and Water Management. In Papyrakis et al. (Eds), Covid-19 and International Development. Springer.

Mukhtarov, F. (2020) Box 6.1 The hegemony of river basin organizations: A cautionary tale. Box 6.1, In Mirumachi, N., Zeitoun, M., and Warner, J. (Eds). Water Conflicts: Analysis for Transformation. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pages 134-135.

Gaddis, E., Grellier, J., Grobicki, A., Hay, R., Mirumachi, N., Mukhtarov, F., Rast, W. (2019) Chapter 16: Freshwater Policy. In Sixth Global Environmental Outlook, United Nations Environment. Nairobi: Cambridge University Press and UN Environment, pages 399-424.

Gerlak, A., and Mukhtarov, F. (2018) Many Faces of Security: Discursive Framing in Cross-border Natural Resource Governance in the Mekong River Commission. In Harlan Koff and Carmen Maganda (Eds) Environmental Security in Transnational Contexts: What Relevance for Regional Human Security Regimes? Routledge, London, pp. 67-89. March, 2018.

Mukhtarov, F. and Daniell, K. (2018) Transfer, diffusion, adaptation and translation of water policy models. In Ken Conca and Erika Weindthal (Eds), Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy, Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 594-616. March, 2018.

Thiel, A., and Mukhtarov, F. (2018) Purposeful Institutional Change for Adaptive Governance of Natural Resources: How to Cater for Agency and Context? In “The Sage Handbook of Nature”, Ed (Terry Marsten), Sage, London, pp143-161. March 2018.

Mukhtarov, F. (2017) Reflexivity, Positionality, and  Normativity in Studying Policy Translation. In Tobias Berger, Alejandro Esguerra (Eds), Translation in World Politics. Routledge Series of the Centre on Global Cooperation, London, pp. 114-133.

Mukhtarov, F. and Cherp, A. (2014) The hegemony of integrated water resources management as a global water discourse. In Victor Squires, Hugh Milner, and Katherine Daniell (Eds), River Basin Management in Twenty-First Century: Understanding People and Places, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, London, pp. 3-21.

Mukhtarov, F. (2013) Translating water policy innovations into Kazakhstan: the importance of context. In Cheryl de Boer, Joanne-de Kruijf, Gul Ozerol and Hans Bressers (Eds), Water Governance, Policy and Knowledge Transfer: International Studies on Contextual Water Management, Earthscan: London, pp. 113-128.

Mukhtarov, F. (2008) Intellectual history and current status of integrated water resources management: a global perspective. In Claudia Pahl-Wostl , Pavel Kabat, Joerg Möltgen (Eds), Adaptive and Integrated Water Management: Coping with Complexity and Uncertainty. Berlin: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp.167-185.

Mukhtarov, F. (2008) The Prospects of Privatization of Water Supply Services: With Focus on Private Sector Participation in Water Supply and Sanitation Sector in Secondary Towns of Azerbaijan. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller.

Reviews and Review Essays (ibid)

Mukhtarov, F. (2018). Book review of Wilder, M. 2017. Special Festschrift “Ways of knowing: Helen Ingram and water scholarship”. Water Alternatives 11(1): 209-213

Mukhtarov, F. (2017) Policies on the move: Translation, assemblages and ethnography. Book review essay. Environment and Planning C, 35 (1): 191-194.

Mukhtarov, F. and Cherp, A. (2015) Water security. Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press. Online. URL:

Cherp, A. and Mukhtarov, F. (2015) Energy security. Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press. Online. URL:

Policy Reports, Media/Magazine Appearances, Blog Posts (ibid)

Interview (2023). Dr. Farhad Mukhtarov talks about his research on water governance and public policy. Erasmus University Rotterdam, International Institute of Social Studies. 

Van Kesteren, K.J. and Mukhtarov, F. (2022). Interview: “Nederlandse Water-Diplomatie Moet Veel Transparanter”. H2O, 4: 20-21. Koninklijk Nederlands Waternetwerk. Online:

Mukhtarov, F., Minkman, E., and Hasan, S. (2022, 2023 republished). The Netherlands as a Global Hydro-Hub. Water Governance Tijdschrift: Bouwen met de Natuur 1 (April), 62-65. Online:

Franko-Filipasic, E. and Mukhtarov, F. (2021). Researchgate Interview: Dr. Farhad Mukhtarov on global hydro-hubs and water governance. Appeared on 21 August 2021.

Mukhtarov, F., and Gasper, D. (2021). From ‘merchants and ministers’ to ‘neutral brokers’: how the Dutch do water diplomacy. A blog post on bliss, ISS Blog on Global Development and Social Justice, 15 December, 2021. Online:

Gaddis, E., Grellier, J., Grobicki, A., Hay, R., Mirumachi, N., Mukhtarov, F., Rast, W. (2019) Chapter 16: Freshwater Policy. In Sixth Global Environmental Outlook, United Nations Environment. Nairobi: Cambridge University Press and UN Environment, pages 399-424.

Witjes, M., Koop, S. H. A., Mukhtarov, F., Dieperink, C., Driessen, P. P. J., & van Leeuwen, C. J. (2019). The potential of Digital Social Platforms in enhancing urban water governance: Report on the UWCS governance analyses of the Key Demonstration Cities–POWER–Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges. Online:

Mukhtarov, F., Huitema, D., Medvey, J., Kouwenhoven, R., Uribe, M., and Funke, N. (2011) Agency in Biodiversity Conservation: Park Decisions in Developing countries, International Meta-Trends and their Implementation. EC FP-7 LiveDiverse Project Background Report 2 for 6.2.

Mukhtarov, F. (2009) Integrated Water Resources Management: Global Water Collaborations on the Rise. Water World, online. URL:

Mukhtarov, F. (2009). UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (2009) IWRM Implementation in Basins, Sub-basins and Aquifers: State of the Art Review. Contributor.

Mukhtarov, F. (2005) Review of the experience of using economic environmental policy instruments in Azerbaijan. The Caspian Panorama, (1): 17–19.


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