At SESYNC, Jampel conducts research on the institutional drivers and governance conditions of virtual freshwater appropriation associated with global land grabbing and water grabbing. In collaboration with Paolo D'Odorico, he is developing and applying a diagnostic approach tailored for the analysis of this expanding phenomenon. Prior to joining SESYNC, Jampel was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. At the Ostrom Workshop, he coordinated the social science team on the Kenyan site of an inter-university, interdisciplinary research project on water governance and adaptation to climate change in rural Kenya and United States. He received his dual PhD in December 2013 in Environmental Science and Technology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and in International Cooperation & Sustainable Development from Sapienza University of Rome.