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Sonja Bleeker

Sonja Bleeker

Lecturer in Political Ecology
M.S. in Land and Water Management
Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands
B.S. Water Management
Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, Velp, The Netherlands
Political Ecology
Directed Research
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Faculty Profile

During her M.S. in Land and Water Management at Wageningen University (WUR) in The Netherlands, her home country, Sonja Bleeker travelled to Peru, where she resided for 11 years. In Peru, and in collaboration with WUR and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) she conducted extensive research on hydrosocial territories and water management, examining the power dynamics and perceptions surrounding water in both urban and rural areas. Her studies also focused on the impact of Water-related Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes on local conservation efforts and livelihoods. Sonja has been involved as a lecturer and researcher in various master’s programs at renowned Peruvian and Dutch universities, including PUCP and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), WUR and Larenstein University. In addition to her academic pursuits, Sonja has consistently integrated her scholarly work with hands-on experience as a development and conservation practitioner. She has managed numerous development projects related to natural resource management and local development, collaborating closely with local communities and stakeholders. This synergy between her academic and practical endeavors, along with her dedication to fostering a just and sustainable world and passion for education, positions her as a committed and impactful lecturer in political ecology.

Academics & Research

Research Interests

  • Environmental Justice
  • Ecofeminism
  • Water management
  • Indigenous rights

Professional Affiliations

Member of the Gender and Water Alliance
Member of Instituto de Promoción para la Gestión del Agua (IPROGA)


Water governmentalities: The shaping of hydrosocial territories, water transfers and rural–urban subjects in Latin America. (2020)

Hommes, L., Boelens, R., Bleeker, S., Duarte-Abadía, B., Stoltenborg, D., & Vos, J. (2020). Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 3(2), 399-422 · Jan 1, 2020

Payment for ecosystem services in Lima’s watersheds: power and imaginaries in an urban-rural hydrosocial territory. (2019)

Bleeker, Sonja, and Jeroen Vos. Water International 44.2 (2019): 224-242. · Jan 1, 2019

¿Gratis? Los servicios de la naturaleza y como sostenerlos en Perú. (2012)

Servicios Ecosistemicos Peru · Capitulo 7. AQUAFONDO: Fondo del Agua para Lima y Callao: una herramienta financiera para la gestión integral del agua. Sep 1, 2012