Dr. Eline Boelee

Expert on Water, Environment & Health

+31(0)88 335 7362

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Dr Eline Boelee is an all-round interdisciplinary scientist in water-health-ecosystems interlinkages, with thirty years of experience in research for development. Passionate about linking broad ranges of actors and disciplines to jointly develop science-based responses to global challenges, putting water at the centre and health as the ultimate development outcome.

Dr Boelee focusses on health  impacts of water resources development. This includes impacts of agricultural, domestic and urban water use and management, floods, coastal areas and urban blue-green spaces; ecology and environmental control of water-related diseases; EcoHealth and One Health approaches; multiple use water services and links to drinking water supply and sanitation; the water-energy-food nexus; water quality; and ecosystem services in agroecological landscapes. She embraces an inclusive approach, considering vulnerability of specific age and gender groups facing environmental challenges and effects of climate change.

She has lived as a professional in Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, and Morocco, with additional on-the-ground scientific research experience in Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Mozambique, Pakistan, Senegal, Portugal Rwanda, and Uganda. Dr Boelee has led many international multi-disciplinary research projects on improved planning and management of water resources development to enhance health and environmental sustainability. She also serves as a part-time university lecturer, academic supervisor, and reviewer.


Working experience

2021 - present Deltares Expert advisor Water & Health
2017 - 2020 Deltares Senior advisor/researcher Water, Environment & Health
2012 - 2016 Water Health Principal scientist/owner
2006 - 2011 International Water Management Institute senior researcher water and health
2002 - 2005 International Water Management Institute researcher water and health
1999 - 2001 International Water Management Institute post-doctoral scientist/associate expert water and health
1998 - 1999 KLV Loopbaancentrum assistant-researcher
1997 - 1999 Wageningen University PhD student
1994 - 1997 Leiden University scientific researcher