Henriette Otter

Head of the department ‘Urban Water and Subsurface Management’ and expert on governance and science-policy interface

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Henriëtte is currently head of the department ‘Urban Water and Subsurface Management’ and expert on governance and science-policy interface within Deltares. In our group research and consultancy are carried out on a variety of topics related to urbanization in delta areas. Our focus is on issues concerning sustainable use of urban water resources and sustainable development of the urban subsurface. Our unique expertise and combination of disciplines allows us to contribute to strategic projects and innovation processes, supporting the sustainable development of cities and working towards safer, healthier and more climate-resilient urban environments.

Henriëtte is an expert on dealing with challenges in the domain of governance and the science-policy interface. She has worked as an advisor on integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) with experience in the Netherlands and abroad. As a researcher, Henriëtte has been involved in large-scale interdisciplinary research projects dealing with governance issues, the socio-economic impacts of climate change on coastal areas and the use of economic instruments in flood control. As a consultant she has provided advice on integrated solutions for a range of coastal and estuarine management issues including the analysis of the interactions between human and natural systems, integrated assessment of effects of interventions and the use of evaluation techniques in coastal studies.

From 2003 to 2007 Henriëtte held a part-time position at University of Twente as assistant professor Water Management in the department of Water Engineering and Management. She has acted as co-promotor for one PhD candidate and is currently supervising two PhD project on the topic of ‘knowledge in decision-making’. Henriëtte Otter holds an M.Sc. degree in Public Policy and Water Management (1995) and a Ph.D. degree in Integrated assessment and modelling (2000).

Working experience

Jan 2013 - present DELTARES, Utrecht, The Netherlands Unit Subsurface and Groundwater Systems Head of the department ‘Urban Water and Subsurface Management’ and expert on governance and science-policy interface
Jan 2008 - Dec 2012 DELTARES, Utrecht, The Netherlands Unit Scenarios and Policy Analysis Section Manager Integrated Spatial Analysis
May 2007 – Jan 2008 WL | delft hydraulics, Delft, The Netherlands Department Marine and Coastal Management Team Manager Marine Ecology and Policy analysis
2003 – May 2007 Twente University, Enschede, The Netherlands Department Water Engineering and Management Assistant professor Water management (Universitair Docent)
2002 – May 2007 WL | delft hydraulics, Delft, The Netherlands Department Marine and Coastal Management Senior advisor Policy analysis & Integrated Coastal Zone WL | delft hydraulics, Delft, The Netherlands Department Marine and Coastal Management Position: Senior advisor Policy analysis & Integrated Coastal Zone Management
2001-2002 Manly Hydraulics Laboratory, Sydney, Australia Advisor Estuary and Coastal Management
1995-2001 Twente University, Enschede, The Netherlands Researcher Integrated assessment and modelling