Laddaporn Ruangpan

PhD Fellow


Laddaporn is from Thailand. She did a bachelor degree in the international and twining programme in Civil Engineering at King Mongut's University of Technology Thinburi (KMUTT), Bangkok, Thailand.  Laddaporn came for her bachelor degree to the Netherlands for a bachelor project about water management in the polders. From that experience, she decided to study a master in The Netherlands, owing to its vast knowledge about water management. 

Laddaporn worked at Panya Consultants for a year before she came to study a master at IHE Delft. At her job she did numerical and physical modelling, coordination and feasibility studies, most projects come from the government.

Laddaporn got a Rotary Scholarship for studying master degree. She did a master in Water Science and Engineering, specializing in Hydroinformatics-Modelling and Information Systems for Water Management. Her topic on MSc.thesis is "Assessing skill of global flood forecasting system GLOFFIS at local scales". 

Recently, she got funding from RECONECT EU Horizon 2020 project to do a PhD on large scale NBS for Hydro-meteorological risk reduction. 


Research Summary

Currently, hydro-meteorological risk is one of the most significant natural hazards globally, and it may become more severe in the future. Hydro-meteorological risks include the risks affecting water management under climate change (flood, drought, storm surge, land slide).

Grey infrastructures have been a traditional means of risk reduction. With the increasing investments required to repair and maintain the aging stock of grey infrastructure systems; the increasing environmental pressures from expanding urbanization; the value of ecosystem services entering more prominently into town, city, and regional planning and management equations; cities are increasingly assigning a higher priority to green infrastructure. However, it does not adequately deal with the future uncertainties related to climate change, land use change, urbanization, price volatility of resources and technological progress.

Therefore, implementation of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) has become central solutions to address climate change. The reason for that is NBS is a holistic process that may help to work interpretively with nature to adapt and reduce the impact of climate change as well as to improve well-being and health of humans.

The proposed PhD research work will be implemented within the RECONECT project and it will pursue innovation in relation to evaluation, monitoring, and modelling of NBS and also in relation to their co-creation through social innovation and active stakeholder participation


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