Public speaking & Media links

Rick Hogeboom has been featured in several articles and media. A list of which can be found below. In addition, Rick has also published in several international, high-impact journals on various topics in the water research field. The list with links to these scientific papers can be found Scientific Papers

Universiteit van Nederland

They are comfortable, almost indestructible and last a long time: jeans. Sounds very sustainable, but your jeans need liters of water before they are in your closet. Water management researcher Dr Rick Hogeboom (University of Twente) explains why in this video lecture (in Dutch) for ‘University of the Netherlands’.

COP26 in Glasgow

Speaker at the COP26 in Glasgow (The photo shows the signing of the Fair Water Footprint Declaration ( ))


Rick has a passion for water. Young and energetic, Rick aims to foster and facilitate science-based, practical and inclusive water stewardship whenever and wherever he can. Always with a big smile. Water is so precious – we cannot go without it for more than a couple days – yet the way we use and misuse it is gravely underexposed. In his TED talk, Rick will try to share his passion for water, his quest for enlightenment, and inspire you to become good water stewards yourselves.

Speaking in a very engaging style with a solid base of knowing the subject inside out. Rick is a true ambassador of creating awareness about our waterfootprint in a way we all can change what we do. Rick is a speaker who can make the subject clear, without making you ‘wrong’ and him just ‘right’. Rick is a living example of bridging different worlds, and opening up our minds by real stories.

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20 questions about water

In this interview with, Rick discusses simple ways to save water. ‘20 Questions about Water’ is a project that ’20 Questions to the World’ runs in collaboration with Nestlé Waters to help everyone better understanding the main water challenges in the world.


Bridging the Shanghai 2010 & Dubai 2020 World Expos

This movie is the wrap-up of the 10 Years Wetskills Jubilee Celebration. This movie has been broadcasted at the Netherlands Pavilion of Dubai 2020 World Expo.


In this interview for Klokhuis, a well-known children’s programme on Dutch National television, Rick talks about the water footprint, and what it is all about.

Studium Generale Lecture

In this lecture for Studium Generale at the University of Twente, Rick speaks about “Invisible water: our waterfootprint” (in Dutch). Join him is this hour-and-a-half video explaining the waterfootprint concept.

In the Press

Gulf Today, “Dutch PM Mark Rutte dubs UAE as living hub of innovative business”; 2022

Algemeen Dagblad“Koffiedrinken in een spijkerbroek: geen milieuvriendelijke combi.”; 2021

Time Magazine for Kids, “Kids care about saving water”; 2021

Follow the money, “Water vindt zijn weg naar Wall Street”; 2021

Humo; Schyns, J. F., & Hogeboom, R.. “Dweilen met de kraan open: de grote droogte van 2020: We zullen pas wakker worden als er deze zomer géén water meer uit de kraan stroomt.”; 2020

Green Economy Coalition; Hogeboom, R., “Promoting water sustainability of financial institutions – Insights from water footprint assessment”; 2020

H20; Hogeboom, R., “In Memoriam Arjen Hoekstra, bedenker van de watervoetafdruk: Hij was briljant, die voetstap gaat niemand invullen.”; 2020

Stern; Äthiopien flutet riesigen Staudamm aus Nil-Wasser: Werden Wasserkriege zunehmen?; 2020

Water Europe; New Water Footprint Assessment Tool is Online; 2020

De slag om het drinkwater; 2020

the Circonomist; Water footprint applied in industry; 2019

NRC; De watervoetafdruk vertelt niet het heel verhaal; 2019

Webinar for Ceres; Assessing Water Sustainability in Investors’ Decision-Making; 2019

Duurzaam Actueel; Regenwater is schaarser dan ooit. UT luidt noodklok; 2019

Transform; The shape of water; 2019

Global Cause; Investors today can avert the water crises of tomorrow; 2019

Interview for ’20 Questions about Water’; “What are ways to save water?”; 2019

Interview in KJZZ radioshow; “Intel promises to restore 100 percent of its global water use – what does it mean?”; 2018

Interview 1Twente radioshow; on a Studium Generale lecture I gave that day; 2018, Sep 11

Environmental Finance; “Water sustainability is investor ‘blind spot’, study suggests”; 2018

PensioenPro; “Grootste pensioenfondsen lopen achter met esg-beleid over watergebruik”; 2018

Interview in H20; “Geld als water: waterduurzaamheid van Nederlandse investeerders onder de loep”; 2018

Editorial in Water & Sanitation Campaign magazine MediaPlanet“Investors today can avert water crises of tomorrow”, 2018

TED-talk at TEDxTwenteU; “Your Water Footprint Revealed”; 2018

Article in Science Trends; “Thirsty Reservoirs – The Water Footprint of Hydroelectric Dam Construction”; 2018

International radio interview for the Scholar’s Circle; “Water rights, scarcity and water use in perspective” – by Prof. dr. Maria Armoudian; 2018

Interview in World Finance; “The threat of water scarcity looms large”; 2017

Interview for Microsoft Cloud; “Zonder de Microsoft Cloud was ons onderzoek niet gelukt” (“Without the use of Microsoft Cloud, our research would have failed); 2017

Interview for “Natuur, Wetenschap & Techniek” (Nature, Science & Engineering), on behalf of Werkgroep Ontwikkelings Technieken (WOT, a group devoted to developing low-tech solutions for developing countries); 2009

Interview for One World for Werkgroep Ontwikkelings Technieken (WOT, University of Twente); “How do you build an inexpensive water pump”; 2009

“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” – Thomas Fuller

News on

Interview UToday; “Reep chocolade: 17.000 liter water”; 2018, Sep 12

Press release; “Weinig aandacht voor waterduurzaamheid Nederlandse investeerders”; 2018, Sep 3

Republished by in both Dutch and English

Article in UToday; “Als het aan mij ligt gaan we door met InspireU”; 2018, Aug 28

Interview in Promovabel UT Magazine; “Promotieonderzoek naar relatie waterschaarste en consumptie”; 2018, Jul 1

Interview in UToday; “TEDxTwenteU: Your Water Footprint Revealed”; 2018, May 1


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