SUSANNE SCHMEIER is an associate professor in water law and diplomacy at IHE Delft, The Netherlands. Her research, advisory, and educational work focuses on the legal and institutional dimensions of sustainable and cooperative water and natural resources management. She is particularly interested in how institutions can help sustainably govern shared resources and how they have to be set up, designed and funded in order to do so effectively. Susanne is also the lead of the Water, Peace and Security (WPS) partnership, a knowledge platform that provides knowledge-based analytical inputs to conflict prevention and resolution processes at national and sub-national levels.
Susanne is also a member of various international and national expert and advisory groups on topics relating to water security, climate security and water cooperation and diplomacy. Additionally, she is affiliated with the Utrecht Center for Water, Ocean and Sea Law and the International Water Law Academy of the University of Wuhan, China, and a courtesy faculty member of the Water Resources Policy and Management (WRPM) degree program at Oregon State University. She also advises international organizations, river basin organizations and governments on water conflict prevention and resolution and cooperative basin governance.
She has published widely on topics relating to (transboundary) water resources governance, water and international environmental law, international institutions and conflict prevention and resolution.
Prior to joining IHE Delft, Susanne worked, among others, for the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), where she coordinated GIZ’s transboundary water management portfolio across the world’s basins and managed the Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus program. She also worked for international and regional organizations such as the World Bank and the Mekong River Commission, among others.
Susanne spends her free time outside in nature with horse riding, hiking, climbing, and skiing.