Understanding Drivers

Polder in the Netherlands

Natural processes 

Van Asselen, S. (2011). The contribution of peat compaction to total basin subsidence. Basin Research, 23(2), pp. 239-255.

Van Asselen, S., Stouthamer, E. & van Asch, Th. W. J. (2009). Effects of peat compaction on delta evolution. Earth-science Reviews, 92(1-2), pp. 35-51.

Stouthamer, E., Berendsen, H.J.A., Peeters, J., Bouman, M. (2008). Soil map of the peat areas in the Province of Utrecht, scale 1:25,000, The central Netherlands. Including maps of the susceptibility of the peat soils to oxidation with and without ploughing, and groundwater regime maps. Original Dutch title: “Bodemkaart van de Veengebieden in de provincie Utrecht, schaal 1:25.000”. A publication of the Province of Utrecht, 60 pp.


Green, O., Garmestani, A., van Rijswick, H.F.M.W., Keessen, A. (2013). EU Water Governance: Striking the Right Balance between Regulatory Flexibility and Enforcement? Ecology and Society, 18(2): 10,

Van Holten, S. and van Rijswick, H.F.M.W. (in press). The consequences of a governance approach in European Environmental directives for flexibility, effectiveness and legitimacy. In: M. Peeters and R. Uylenburg (eds.), EU environmental legislation: Legal perspectives on regulatory strategies, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014, pp. 13-47.

De Smedt, P. and van Rijswick, H.F.M.W. (2015). Nature conservation and water management: one battle? In: Ch.-H Born, A. Cliquet, H. Schoukens, D. Misonne, G. van Hoorick (eds.), The Habitats Directive in its EU Environmental Law Context, European Nature’s Best Hope?, Routledge-Earthscan, 2015, pp. 417-432.

Predicting Impacts

Flood New Orleans

Natural processes 

Van Asselen, S., Karssenberg, D., Stouthamer, E. (2011). Contribution of peat compaction to relative sea-level rise within Holocene deltas. Geophysical Research Letters 38, doi: 10.1029/2011GL049835.

Optimizing Management Strategies

People plant young tree in deep mud in mangrove reforestation project


Dieperink, C. (1998). From open sewer to salmon run: lessons from the Rhine water quality regime. Water policy, 1(5), pp. 471-485.

Dieperink, C. (2000). Successful international cooperation in the Rhine catchment area. Water International, 25(3), pp. 347-355.

Dieperink, C. (2011). International water negotiations under asymmetry, Lessons from the Rhine chlorides dispute settlement (1931–2004). International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 11(2), pp. 139-157.

Van Eerd, M. C., Wiering, M. A., & Dieperink, C. (2014). Exploring the Prospects for Cross-Border Climate Change Adaptation between North Rhine-Westphalia and the Netherlands. Utrecht Law Review, 10(2), pp. 91-106.

Hartmann, T., Driessen, P.P.J. (2013). The flood risk management plan: towards spatial water governance. Journal of Flood Risk Management, doi: 10.1111/jfr3.12077.

Hegger, D.L.T., Driessen, P.P.J., Dieperink, C., Wiering, M., Raadgever, G.T., van Rijswick, H.F.M.W. (2014). Assessing Stability and Dynamics in Flood Risk Governance. An Empirically Illustrated Research Approach. Water Resources Management, vol. 28, pp. 4127-4142. doi 10.1007/s11269-014-0732-x.

Hegger, D.L.T., Van Zeijl-Rozema, A., & Dieperink, C. (2014). Toward design principles for joint knowledge production projects: lessons from the deepest polder of The Netherlands. Regional Environmental Change, 14(3), pp. 1049-1062.

Van Kouwen, F., Dieperink, C., Schot, P., & Wassen, M. (2007). Applicability of decision support systems for integrated coastal zone management. Coastal Management, 36(1), pp. 19-34.

Mees, H.L., Driessen, P.P., & Runhaar, H.A. (2014). Legitimate adaptive flood risk governance beyond the dikes: the cases of Hamburg, Helsinki and Rotterdam. Regional Environmental Change, 14(2), pp. 671-682.

Van Rijswick, H., Edelenbos, J., Hellegers, P.,  Kok, M. & Kuks, S. (2014). Ten building blocks for sustainable water governance: an integrated method to assess the governance of water. Water International,

Villamayor-Tomas, S., Fleischman, F. D., Ibarra, I. P., Thiel, A., van Laerhoven, F. (2014). From Sandoz to Salmon: Conceptualizing resource and institutional dynamics in the Rhine watershed through the SES framework. International Journal of the Commons, 8(2), pp. 361-395.


Backes, C., van Rijswick, H.F.M.W. (2013). Effective environmental protection: towards a better understanding of environmental quality standards in environmental legislation. In L. Gipperth and C. Zetterberg, Miljörättsliga perspektiv och tankevändor, Iustus Förlag AB, Uppsala 2013, ISBN 9789176788424, pp. 19-50.

Havekes, H.J.M., van Rijswick, H.F.M.W. (2014). Nederlands waterrecht in Europese context (in Dutch), Kluwer, 543 pp.

Van Holten, S., van Rijswick, H. (2014). The consequences of a governance approach in European Environmental directives for flexibility, effectiveness and legitimacy. In: M. Peeters and R. Uylenburg (eds.), EU environmental legislation: Legal perspectives on regulatory strategies, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014, pp. 13-47.

Keessen, A.M., van Rijswick, H.F.M.W. (2012). Adaptation to climate change in European Water Law and Policy. Utrecht Law Review, November 2012, pp. 38-50,

Mees, H.L.P., Dijk, J., van Soest, D., Driessen, P.P.J., van Rijswick H.F.M.W., Runhaar, H. (2014). A method for the deliberate and deliberative selection of policy instrument mixes for climate change adaptation. Ecology and Society 19 (2): 58.

Raadgever, G. T., Dieperink, C., Driessen, P. P. J., Smit, A. A. H., Van Rijswick, H. F. M. W. (2011). Uncertainty management strategies: lessons from the regional implementation of the Water Framework Directive in the Netherlands. Environmental Science & Policy, 14(1), pp. 64-75.

Van Rijswick, H.F.M.W. and Havekes, H. (2012). European and Dutch Water Law, Europa Law Publishing Groningen.

Van Rijswick, H., to be published in Feb. 2015. The Allocation and Regulation of Limited Water Use Rights: Lessons from a general public law perspective, Journal of Water law.