Lei Zhong received her Bachelor of Engineering degree in landscape architecture from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China on July 2016. In 2018, she graduated with Erasmus Master degree in ‘Groundwater and Global Change - Impacts and Adaptation’ jointly at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Netherlands; Technische Universitat-Dresden, Germany and Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal. Her graduate research work focused on "Modelling the response of an alluvial multi-layer aquifer to variations in pumping rates and locations within a conjunctive water supply system – a case study of Cauca Valley, Colombia”. After that, Lei has become a PhD research fellow at IHE Delft from November 2018. Her research title is “Multi-functional Design of Nature-Based Solution for Hydro-meteorological Risk Reduction”. The PhD study is funded by EC-funded RECONECT project and the research will be undertaken within the framework of this project.
The main objective of her current research is to develop innovative concepts for multi-functional design of NBS to achieve its primary benefit (i.e., hydro-meteorological risk reduction) as well as a number of co-benefits (i.e., those related to environmental and social aspects). The research will also incorporate integration of indicators taken at different spatial-temporal scales, social and cultural contexts, ecosystem restoration as well as the comparison of different design options for different case studies. The PhD study is funded by EC-funded RECONECT project and the research will be undertaken within the framework of this project.