Dr. Chris Zevenbergen

Speech Title: Flood Resilient City

Water Science and Engineering Department,
UNESCO-IHE, Delft, Netherlands

E-mail: c.zevenbergen@unesco-ihe.org

  Chris Zevenbergen is professor at the Water Engineering Department of UNESCO-IHE and at TuDelft, The Netherlands. He chairs the Flood Resilience Chair Group of UNESCO-IHE. He is also a strategic advisor of the Executive Board of the Dura Vermeer Group NV and Member of the Board of the Public Private Innovation Platform Clean Tech Delta (CTD), The Netherlands. He worked as a researcher on various environmental issues related to the building industry, such as environmental impact assessments, product development, emission modeling, testing procedures, building codes and guidelines in the 1980s followed by 20 years international research and consultancy in environmental engineering and water management of urban systems. In the past 15 years he has accumulated extensive national and international experience with integrated approaches to manage floods in urban environments.

  His research interest is specifically on innovative concepts to mitigate urban flood impacts, on flood proofing building designs and technologies and on decision support tool development in urban planning with practical application in urban flood management. He has a strong affinity with the ecological, socio-economic, institutional aspects of urban planning and water management. Therefore, he considers himself more a generalist than a specialist. He has published/edited five books in the field of environmental engineering and urban flood management. He was the co-founder and chairman of the European Network COST C22 on Urban Flood Management. He participates in various national and international advisory boards of governmental and scientific institutions (e.g. IPCC EM Infra, Rotterdam Climate Proof, Environmental Science Group Wageningen, DLR Future Mega Cities, EPSRC, iBuild, the Dutch Knowledge for Climate Program). He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Flood Risk Management (JFRM) and the Journal of Water Conservancy and Hydroelectric Engineering (JWCHE).