Dr. Farhad Mukhtarov is Assistant Professor of Governance and Public Policy at International Institute of Social Sciences (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam. Dr. Mukhtarov is specialised in interpretive policy analysis and environmental policy. He is fascinated by the politics of knowledge, problem framing, knowledge pluralism, and the role of context in shaping (environmental) policy. Most of Farhad's published work is on water and climate governance. dr. Mukhtarov was a lead author of the UN-Environment's sixth Global Environmental Outlook. His work was cited by UN agecies and IPCC.
Farhad is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Dr. Mukhtarov held faculty and (visiting) appointments at the University of Oxford, Utrecht University, Delft University of Technology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and ADA University. His Ph.D. is from Central European University (magna cum laude, 2009) and MSc. from Manchester University and Central European University. He regularly blogs at www.policytranslation.eu. Farhad's latest research is available at Researchgate and Google Scholar.
Farhad studies the intersection of public policy and the environment in the context of international development. Broadly speaking, he is interested in understanding the role of knowledge in politics, especially in a transnational context where global policy ideas penetrate national and local policy practices.
Over the years, dr. Mukhtarov developed several major lines in his research and supervised various research projects (including over 30 Master theses and a number of on-going Ph.D. projects). He is open to opportunities to supervise Ph.D. researchers whose topics falls within one or more of the following broad themes.
Policy Mobility, Translation and Discourses
Environmental and water policy ideas and models travel across various borders (often from Global North to Global South). By focusing on policy practices, documents and meeting this process can be made intelligible.
Knowledge Pluralism and Policy (Institutional) Design
Farhad is interested in how policy-makers and public managers can make use of multiple ways of knowing in public policy and governance. Scientific knowledge is one type of knowledge, there is indigenous knowledge, knowledge based on rituals, practices, and values. They all are valuable and need to be included in the policy-making process. The big question is how.
Behavioural Approaches to Public Policy
Farhad is interested in the role of emotions and nudging in changing environmental (as well as policy) attitudes and promoting sustainable public policies. He approaches emotions and behavioral science from a public policy perspective and asks questions about the transition to sustainability through the so-called "libertarian paternalism".
Global Water Governance and Neo-liberalism
This is the most recent research interest that sprung out of the empirical observation of various ethical and political dilemmas linked to the Dutch foreign policy in the field of water governance aimed at the twin goals of a) development in recipient countries (in the context of Sustainable Development Goals); and b) profit generation for the Dutch. The rise of neo-liberalism in international aid, aid and trade and, arguably, global water governance, raises serious issues around effectiveness, equity, fairness and power relations that need to be researched and critically discussed.
Within this line of inquiry, Farhad is interested in understanding the role of branding, networking and soft-power leveraging in the global field of water governance.
If you are interested to pursue Master or Ph.D. research along one of these research lines (or suggest a new subject), please do not hesitate to get in touch.
F. Mukhtarov, W.M. de Jong & R. Pierce (2017). Political and ethical aspects in the ethnography of policy translation: Research experiences from Turkey and China. Environment and Planning A: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 49 (3), 612-630. doi: 10.1177/0308518x16674935
F. Mukhtarov & A. Gerlak (2013). River Basin Organizations in the Global Water Discourse: an Exploration of Agency and Strategy. Global Governance, 19 (2), 307-326.
F. Mukhtarov, A. Brock, S. Janssen & A. Guigner (2013). Mukhtarov, F., Brock, A., Janssen, S., and Guigner, A. (2013) Actors and Strategies in Translating Global Conservation Narratives to Vietnam. Policy and Society, 32 (2): 113-124. Policy and Society , 32 (2), 113-124.
E. Gaddis, J. Grellier, A. Grobicki, R. Hay, N. Mirumachi, G. Mudd, F. Mukhtarov & W. Rast (2019). Freshwater Policy. In UN Environment (Ed.), Global Environment outlook - GEO 6: Healthy Planet, Healthy People: The Sixth Global Environmental Outlook (pp. 399-424). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [go to publisher's site]
A. Gerlak & F. Mukhtarov (2018). Many Faces of Security: Discursive Framing in Cross-border Natural Resource Governance in the Mekong River Commission. In Harlan Koff and Carmen Maganda (Ed.), Environmental Security in Transnational Contexts: What Relevance for Regional Human Security Regimes? (pp. 67-89) London: Routlege
F. Mukhtarov (2018). Special Festschrift "Ways of knowing: Helen Ingram and water scholarship" [Bespreking van het boek Ways of Knowing: Helen Ingram and Water Scholarship]. Water, 11(1), 209-2013.
F. Mukhtarov (2017). Policies on the move: Translation, assemblages and ethnography [Bespreking van de boeken A policy travelogue: Tracing welfare reform in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Canada. & Fast policy: Experimental statecraft at the thresholds of neoliberalism & Making policy move: Towards a politics of translation and assemblage & Speaking truths to power: Policy ethnography and police reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina.]. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 35(1), 191-194.
F. Mukhtarov (Ed.). (2021-2024) Environmental Science & Policy.
F. Mukhtarov (2020, augustus 29). The Rise of Global Hydro-hubs in times of Climate Crisis. Alpbach Austria, Alpbach International Forum (Online).