Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Dr. Brenden Jongman (IVM/VU, Worldbank) receives SENSE PhD Award 2017

Brenden JongmanIt is a pleasure to announce that the bi-annual SENSE PhD Award for best SENSE dissertation in previous two years, has been awarded to dr. Brenden Jongman (see picture) for his PhD research on Unravelling the Drivers of Flood Risk across Spatial Scales (2015) at IVM, VU (with Prof. Jeroen Aerts, IVM as promotor and Dr. Philip Ward, IVM as co-promotor).

The awarding jury was Chaired by SENSE Director of Research, Prof. Max Rietkerk (Copernicus Institute, UU). Together with committee members Prof. Jacob de Boer (Head of Environment and Health, VU) and Dr. Maarten Krol (Dept. Water Engineering and Management, Twente University), the awarding jury’s choice was unanimous – even though the other nominated candidates have also produced excellent PhD dissertations.

Some comments from the Jury report on the PhD work by Dr. Jongman:

  • .. high quality in spatial data analysis. Direct involvement with Red Cross and World Bank; outreach to EU institutions and flood insurance sector..
  • .. the thesis of Jongman stands out on scientific impact (evidenced by citations) and contribution to solutions for environmental and sustainability problems..
  • The thesis of Jongman was awarded cum laude (..) Jongman’s thesis and his Nature Climate Change papers received quite some attention in the press..

For current overview of Brenden Jongman’s publications and citations, see: 
https://scholar.google.nl/citations?user=ww2AjtrbmvQC&hl=en  

For some examples of media attention given to the PhD research by Brenden, see: 
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26382128  
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/02/flood-damage-cost-europe  

The PhD dissertation itself can be found at: 
https://research.vu.nl/en/publications/unravelling-the-drivers-of-flood-risk-across-spatial-scales  

Thursday 11 January 2018