(Farhad) F Mukhtarov

dr. (Farhad) F Mukhtarov
Assistant Professor International Institute of Social Stuies
Kortenaerkade 12, 's - Gravenhage
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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.

Research Interests

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.


Visiting address

Kortenaerkade 12 2518 AX 's - Gravenhage

Postal address

Postbus 29776 2502 LT 's-Gravenhage