Dr J. Dell’Angelo

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faculteit der bètawetenschappen ( dep. environmental policy analysis )
Assistant Professor


Jampel Dell’Angelo is Assistant Professor of Water Governance in the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is an environmental social scientist interested in the political economy of natural resources, in particular water. 

His research is on the multilevel dimensions of cooperation and conflict over freshwater resources. The focus of his research spans from socio-environmental dynamics of climate change adaption in community irrigation schemes of rural Kenya to global patterns of virtual water appropriation associated with transnational land investments. He employs mixed methods and builds on theoretical pluralism combining perspectives from the Bloomington School of Political Economy and the Barcelona School of Political Ecology. Believing in the necessity to conduct true interdisciplinary research to tackle complex water governance problems he draws on a socio-environmental synthesis approach.

Dell’Angelo is a Visiting Scholar and Member of the Ecohydrology Lab in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at University of California, Berkeley and an Environmental Governance Affiliate Scholar at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Maryland. 

Before joining IVM he held different postdoctoral appointments, at the Environmental Sciences Department of University of Virginia, at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Maryland and at the Ostrom Workshop of Indiana University. As a postdoc, Dell’Angelo was the Principal Investigator on the Global Water Grab Syndrome project and the coordinator of the Kenya team in the NSF Institutional Dynamics of Adaptation to Climate Change research.

He received his dual PhD in December 2013 in Environmental Science and Technology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and in International Cooperation and Sustainable Development from Sapienza University of Rome. He holds a MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics, a MSc in Energy and Environmental Management from Sapienza University of Rome and a Graduate Certificate in International Health from Curtin University of Technology, Perth. His Bachelor’s degree is in Environmental Economics from the University of Siena in Italy.

Jampel has a passion for video making and, when possible, complements his research in the field with documentary production. He is a producer of the documentary on environmental conflicts, Aquí nos vamos a quedar and Working Together: Research and Water Governance on Mount Kenya on water governance in Kenya.

5 Key Publications

Dell’Angelo, J., D’Odorico, P., Rulli, M.C. & Marchand, P. (2017). The Tragedy of the Grabbed Commons: Coercion and Dispossession in the Global Land Rush. World Development.

Seekell, D., Carr, J., Dell’Angelo, J., D’Odorico, P., Fader, M., Gephart, J., Kummu, M., et al. (2017). Resilience in the global food system. Environmental Research Letters.

Dell’Angelo, J., McCord, P.F., Gower, D., Carpenter, S., Caylor, K.K. & Evans, T.P. (2016). Community Water Governance on Mount Kenya: An Assessment Based on Ostrom’s Design Principles of Natural Resource Management. Mountain Research and Development, 36(1),102–115. 

McCord, P., Dell’Angelo, J., Baldwin, E. & Evans, T. (2016). Polycentric Transformation in Kenyan Water Governance: A Dynamic Analysis of Institutional and Social Ecological Change. Policy Studies Journal.

Bixler, R.P., Dell’Angelo, J., Mfune, O. & Roba, H. (2015). The political ecology of participatory conservation: institutions and discourse. Journal of Political Ecology, 22, 164–182.