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Dr Karen Meijer

Senior Researcher

Dr Karen Meijer

Dr Karen Meijer

Dr Karen Meijer is a Senior Researcher in the SIPRI Climate Change and Risk Programme, specializing in international cooperation and development. Her primary interests include effectiveness of governance and international finance targeting sustainable and equitable use of natural resources.

Prior to joining SIPRI, Dr Meijer was affiliated with Deltares, where she led research on water, peace and security, and with the German Development Institute where she studied international actions to reduce deforestation.

Subject expertise

Climate security, water security, international/development cooperation, climate finance, systems analysis

Regional expertise

Global, Sahel, MENA, South Asia

Dutch, English, French, German

PhD, Human well-being values of environmental flows, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands; MSc, International Public Management and Public Policy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands; MSc, Water Resources Management, Twente University, The Netherlands

External publications
  • Meijer, K., Sasse, R., Blaauw, J., Schmeier, S., Water for Peace. How to make climate action conflict sensitive, Water, Peace and Security Partnership Policy Brief (2021)
  • Meijer, K.S., Verschelling, E., Van Verseveld, W., Donchyts, G., Schmeier, S., Kwadijk, J., Fit for purpose? Rapid development of water allocation models using global data: application for the Upper Niger, Environmental Modeling and Software Environmental Modelling & Software, 145, 105168 (2021)
  • Meijer, K.S., Schasfoort, F., Bennema, M., Quantitative Modeling of Human Responses to Changes in Water Resources Availability: A Review of Methods and Theories, Sustainability 13: 8675 (2021)
  • Frans Klijn, Marcel Marchand, Karen Meijer, Herman van der Most & Dana Stuparu, Tailored Flood Risk Management: accounting for socio-economic and cultural differences when designing strategies, Water Security 12: 100084 (2021)
  • Meijer, K.S., Schmeier, S., Dahm, R., Conflicts in the MENA Region – What Role Do National and Imported Water Shortages Play? In Narbone, L. (ed.): Conflicts and Natural Resources in the MENA Region and its Immediate Neighbourhood, Florence: European University Institute, 47-62 (2020)
  • Meijer, K.S., Sullivan, C., Blaauw, J., Schasfoort, F., Ottow, B., Morales, D., Social inclusiveness in floods and droughts. How social variations in impacts and responses can be taken into account, Working Paper. Delft, The Netherlands: Deltares (2019)
  • Stepping, K.M. and Meijer, K.S., The challenges of assessing the effectiveness of biodiversity-related development aid. Tropical Conservation Science, 11, p.1940082918770995 (2018)
  • Meijer, K.S., A comparative analysis of the effectiveness of four supply chain initiatives to reduce deforestation, Tropical Conservation Science Vol.8 (2): 583597 (2015)
  • Cumiskey, L., Werner, M., Meijer, K.S., Fakhruddin, S.H.M., Hassan, A., Improving the social performance of flash flood early warnings using mobile services, International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 57-72 (2015)