Brief Vita Irene Klaver

IRENE J. KLAVER, Professor

Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, University of North Texas

1984   B.A. Psychology/Philosophy, University of Amsterdam

1987   M.A. (Cum Laude) Political Theory/ Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam

Thesis: De Moed der Wanorde: Noodzaak voor Onbepaalde Ruimte in Stadsplanning

(The Courage of Chaos: Necessity of Indeterminate Space in City Planning)

1988   Philosophy, New School for Social Research, New York

1996   Ph.D. Philosophy, State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, NY

Dissertation: Indeterminacy in Place. Edward S. Casey, Committee Chair


2012            Certificate, Transboundary Waters Workshop, Yazd, Iran, Feb 2012

2008-Now    UNESCO International Hydrological Program Advisor Water and Cultural Diversity

2008-Now    Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, Affiliated Faculty

2008             UNESCO visiting Research Professor, Headquarters UNESCO, Paris, France

2003-Now    University of North Texas, Director Philosophy of Water Issues Project

2000-Now    Institute of Applied Sciences, University of North Texas, Faculty Member

1997-1998   Wageningen University, The Netherlands, Post-Doctoral Researcher

1996-1998   University of Amsterdam & Leiden University, The Netherlands, Instructor


2012   Telly Award & Broadcast Education Association BEA Award for film River Planet

2011   CINE Award & Best Environmental Film Breckenridge Festival for The New Frontier

2010   Philosophy of Water Project: Cultural Connections to the Trinity River Basin, North Texas, Dixon Water              Foundation, $16,000

2010   Senior Personnel, Integrated Biophysical-Social Research for Water and Ecosystem Sustainability in an            Effluent-Driven Urbanizing Watershed, National Science Foundation, $148,998

2008   PI, Charn Uswachoke Grant, Global RiverProject: Mekong: Sweet    Serpent. $4,000

2003-2009   PI, Philosophy of Water Project, Dixon Water Foundation, $800,000

2005   Co-PI, New Orleans, The Mississippi Delta, Katrina: Lessons from the Past, Lessons for the Future:             Workshop, February 2006, New Orleans. NSF Division of Earth Sciences, $48,438

1997   National Endowment for Humanities Grant. Summer Institute, “How Background Practices Produce     Intelligibility,” University of California, Santa Cruz. With Hubert Dreyfus, David Hoy, Robert Brandom, Judith Butler, Drucilla Cornell, Hans Sluga, Charles Taylor

1987-93   Fulbright Fellowship for study in the United States



Barbara Rose Johnston, Hiwasaki, L., Klaver, I. J., Ramos Castillo, A., Strang, M.(Eds.) 2012. Water, Cultural Diversity & Global Environmental Change: Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures? UNESCO International Hydrological Program, The Hague: Springer Press.

Michael E. Zimmerman, J. Baird Callicott, Irene J. Klaver, Karen Warren, John Clark. 2004.Environmental Philosophy: From Animal Rights to Social Ecology, New York: Prentice-Hall.


Klaver, Irene J. 2014. “Meander(ing) Multiplicity” in Water Scarcity, Security, and Democracy: A Mediterranean MosaicEditors Francesa de Chatel, Gail Holst-Warhaft, and Tamo Steenhuishttp. Global Water Partnership Mediterranean, Cornell University and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

Klaver, Irene J. and J. Aaron Frith. 2014. “A History of Los Angeles’s Water Supply: Towards Reimagining the Los Angeles River,” in: A History of Water, Series 3, Vol. 1. From Jericho to Cities in the Seas: A History of Urbanization and Water Systems. Editors Terje Tvedt and Terje Oestigaard. I.B. Tauris. London, New York, New York. 520-549

Klaver, Irene J. 2013. “Landscapes of O’Keeffe and Kiefer and the Rise of an Environmental Imagination,” in: Environmental Aesthetics, Editors M. Drenthen and J. Keulartz, Fordham University Press, 2012.

Klaver, Irene J. 2012. “Placing Water and Culture” in Water, Cultural Diversity & Global Environmental Change: Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures? Barbara Rose Johnston, Hiwasaki, L., Klaver, I. J., Ramos Castillo, A., Strang, M.(Eds.) (2012). UNESCO IHP, The Hague: Springer Press. 9-29

Klaver, Irene J. 2008. “Wild: Rhythm of Appearing and Disappearing” in The Great New Wilderness Debate, Volume 2, Editors M. P. Nelson and J. Baird Callicott, University of Georgia Press, 485-499.

Klaver, Irene J. “Boundaries on the Edge” in Boundary Explorations in Ecological Theory and Practice, eds. C. Brown & T.Toadvine, State University of New York Press, 2007, 113-133.

Klaver, Irene J. & John Donahue, 2005. “Whose Water is it Anyway? Boundary Negotiations on the Edwards Aquifer in Texas,” in Globalization, Water and Health: Resource Management in Times of Scarcity, Editors L. and S. Whiteford, School of American Research Press, 107-127.


Klaver, Irene J. 2012. “Authentic Landscapes at Large: Dutch Globalization and Environmental Imagination,” SubStance, A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism, #127, 2012, 41 (1), 92-108.

Thompson, Ruthanne, Coe, Alice, Klaver, Irene and Dickson, Kenneth, 2011. “Design and Implementation of a Research-Informed Water Conservation Education Program,” Journal of Applied Environmental Education & Communication, Routledge, London, Vol. 10 Issue 2, 91-104.

Persic, Ana and Irene J. Klaver, 2009. “A holistic approach: the intangible mental, spiritual and cultural health benefits of protected areas,” World Conservation International Union For Conservation Of Nature (IUCN), Volume 39, No. 1 April 2009

Donahue John and Irene J. Klaver, 2009. “Sharing Water Internationally, Past, Present And Future—Mexico And The United States,” Southern Rural Sociology, 24,1: 7– 20.

Klaver, Irene J., 2007. “Re-vitalizing Chinese River Relations,” Vermont Journal of Environmental Law 8,2: 456-461.

Sarah McCall, Paul F. Hudak, and Irene Klaver, 2006. “Developing Water Resources In Rural Jamaica: A Case Study In Southern Trelawny,” Sustainability Communities Review, 8,1: 44-54

Klaver, Irene J., 2005. “Always Already Rhythm, Merleau-Ponty’s Movement Toward Ontology” Studies in Practical Philosophy: A Journal of Ethical and Political Philosophy 5,1: 41-49

Klaver, Irene J., J. Keulartz, H. van den Belt, B. Gremmen, M. Korthals, 2002. “Born to be Wild; A Pluralistic Ethic Concerning Introduced Large Herbivores,” Environmental Ethics, 24 (2002): 3-21


River Planet, 2011. Research Director and Co-Location Director of Rio Grande and Mekong Sections. In cooperation with the International Association of Cinema Schools, Avid Technology, California State University, Los Angeles, North Carolina School of the Arts, Columbia College – Chicago, American University – Washington D.C., The Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade, Serbia (Fakultet Dramskih Umetnosti), The School of Communication and Arts, Sao Paulo, Brazil, The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Bratislava, Slovak Republic. River documentary filmed in Brazil, India, Serbia, Slovakia, Thailand and the United States.

Selected Awards and Honors: Winner of the BEA (Broadcast Education Association) Festival of Media Arts, Feb 2012, Telly Award Winner, 2011; Documentary Top Award of Merit, UFVA, Boston, Massachusetts; Official Selection: EKOfilm Festival, Prague, Czech Republic; Invited Selection, Bangkok International Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand; Competitive Premiere Screening at the Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, China.

The New Frontier: Sustainable Ranching in the American West, 2010. Klaver Irene J. & C. Melinda Levin, Co-Directors. This documentary chronicles several ranchers who work to increase biodiversity, revive riparian areas and watersheds, restoring prairie/mountain grasslands by mimicking the ways bison grazed.

Selected Awards and Honors: Official Selection, American Documentary Showcase. One of only 19 films selected by the U.S. Department of State to represent United States culture at U.S. Embassies. CINE Golden Eagle Award Winner, 2011 Official Selection and Winner of Best Environmental Film Award, Breckenridge Festival of Film, Breckenridge, Colorado, 2011; Broadcast on PBS, May, 2011


Co-Director, International Association for Environmental Philosophy, 2010-Now

UNESCO Advisory Board, Water and Cultural Diversity (WCD) project, International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO, 2008-Now

Editorial Team of WIRES Water, Wiley-Blackwell. Editor-in-Chief: Professor Stuart N Lane, Université de Lausanne (Geography / Environmental Science)

Editorial Board, Environmental Philosophy, 2010-Now

Editorial Advisory Board of Environmental Ethics, 2000-2010

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