Dr. Rutgerd Boelens, professor of Irrigation and water engineering at Wageningen University, has won the Thesis Award. Boelens produced the best thesis on international development from a Dutch university in 2007 and 2008.
The thesis prize was established by the Amsterdam Institute for International Development , and will be awarded on 23 September by Secretary of State Jan Kees de Jager. What the prize is will be revealed at the award ceremony. Boelens’ guess is that it will be a plane ticket.
But for him the recognition is more important than the prize itself. ‘It is a critical thesis in which I question some hallowed institutions and models of development. I’m glad they have the guts to reward that.’
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