Rhodante Ahlers specialises in interdisciplinary research into social, ecological and technological interactions that produce uneven and contested landscapes, and that reveal potential pressure points for achieving social and environmental justice. Her current work at SOMO focuses on energy and infrastructure development, and how these are financed.

Before joining SOMO, Rhodante served as a senior lecturer in Water Governance and Politics at UNESCO-IHE in the Netherlands. She has also worked as researcher at the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka and Mexico, and in Cambodia for a consortium of NGOs. Her latest publications concern the political ecology of large-scale hydropower development and the financialisation of water infrastructure. Rhodante has also published widely on the subject of water governance and gender.

Rhodante holds a PhD in International Planning from Cornell University and an MSc in Irrigation Engineering from Wageningen University.