Dr. Van Cauwenbergh has over 7 years of academic and practical experience in river basin planning and governance in semi-arid regions. She completed her PhD in participatory decision support for natural resources management at Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. She continues to investigate governance structures, stakeholder processes and the relevance, accuracy and use of stakeholders' knowledge as compared to knowledge provided by modeling in decision support. She was the project leader of the 2009-2012 Altaguax (EU ERDF) project on participatory design of water management alternatives in the Andarax river basin (south of Spain). The project set up a multi-stakeholder platform in the basin and delivered several online GIS and MCA tools that aim to increase transparency on management options in the area. At UNESCO-IHE, Dr. Van Cauwenbergh lectures various topics related to water resources planning and supervises MSc research in water management and water governance.