Mohanasundar Radhakrishnan

Guest researcher


Mohan hails from an agrarian society in Tamil Nadu, India. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Crescent Engineering College, University of Madras in 2002 and MSc. degree in Municipal Water and Infrastructure from IHE Delft in 2009. He worked as a design engineer and was involved in the planning, design and implementation of drinking water supply schemes in India from June 2002 to Oct 2007. After his masters from IHE Delft he worked with Arghyam, an NGO as a Project officer in an integrated urban water management project in Karnataka, India till 2010. He worked as Project Advisor for German International cooperation (GIZ) and contributed towards the preparation of City sanitation Plans and planning of a waste to energy project in Nashik, India. He is a registered volunteer with Mediciens Sans Frontier (MSF) and served as a Water and sanitation specialist in Loas towards improving the water, sanitation and waste disposal facilities of five hospitals in rural areas between Dec 2012 and May 2013. He obtained his PhD from IHE-Delft and TU Delft on the climate adaptation of urban areas towards increasing their flood resilience. He was also associated with IHE Delft’s Coastal and Urban Risk and Resilience Department as a post doctoral researcher. He volunteered with the Dutch Surge Support, a program of The Netherlands government, which supports international humanitarian agencies and served with Red Cross in North Korea as a water and habitation expert in 2019.  He is now working as a Water and Habitation Engineer with International Red Cross Committee (ICRC), coordinating the rehabilitation of water supply systems in Iraq.


Goh, X., Radhakrishnan, M., Zevenbergen, C., & Pathirana, A. (2017). Effectiveness of Runoff Control Legislation and Active, Beautiful, Clean (ABC) Waters Design Features in Singapore. Water, 9(8), 627. Retrieved from

Lowe, R., Urich, C., Kulahci, M., Radhakrishnan, M., Deletic, A., & Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K. (2018). Simulating flood risk under non-stationary climate and urban development conditions – Experimental setup for multiple hazards and a variety of scenarios. Environmental Modelling & Software, 102, 155-171. doi:

Nguyen, H. Q., Radhakrishnan, M., Bui, T. K. N., Tran, D. D., Ho, L. P., Tong, V. T., . . . Ho, H. L. (2019). Evaluation of retrofitting responses to urban flood risk in Ho Chi Minh City using the Motivation and Ability (MOTA) framework. Sustainable Cities and Society, 47, 101465. doi:

Nguyen, H. Q., Radhakrishnan, M., Huynh, T. T. N., Baino-Salingay, M. L., Ho, L. P., Steen, P. V. d., & Pathirana, A. (2017). Water Quality Dynamics of Urban Water Bodies during Flooding in Can Tho City, Vietnam. Water, 9(4), 260. Retrieved from

Pathirana, A., Gersonius, B., & Radhakrishnan, M. (2012). Web 2.0 collaboration tool to support student research in hydrology–an opinion. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16(8), 2499-2509.

Pathirana, A., Radhakrishnan, M., Ashley, R., Quan, N. H., & Zevenbergen, C. (2017a). Managing urban water systems with significant adaptation deficits—unified framework for secondary cities: part II—the practice. Climatic Change. doi:10.1007/s10584-017-2059-0

Pathirana, A., Radhakrishnan, M., Bevaart, M., Voost, E., Mahasneh, S., & Rob, H. A. A. (2018). Fit-for-Purpose Infrastructure Asset Management Framework for Water Utilities Facing High Uncertainties. Infrastructures, 3(4), 55. Retrieved from

Pathirana, A., Radhakrishnan, M., Quan, N. H., & Zevenbergen, C. (2017b). Managing urban water systems with significant adaptation deficits—unified framework for secondary cities: part I—conceptual framework. Climatic Change. doi:10.1007/s10584-017-1953-9

Radhakrishnan, M. (2017). Flexibility in adaptation planning: When, Where and How to Embedd Flexibility to Increase Urban Flood Resilience. (PhD PhD Disseration). IHE Delft & Technical University Delft, Delft.

Radhakrishnan, M., Islam, T., Ashley, R. M., Pathirana, A., Quan, N. H., Gersonius, B., & Zevenbergen, C. (2018a). Context specific adaptation grammars for climate adaptation in urban areas. Environmental Modelling & Software, 102, 73-83. doi:

Radhakrishnan, M., Kenzhegulova, I., Eloffy, M. G., Ibrahim, W. A., Zevenbergen, C., & Pathirana, A. (2019a). Development of context specific sustainability criteria for selection of plant species for green urban infrastructure: The case of Singapore. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 20, 316-325. doi:

Radhakrishnan, M., Lowe, R., Ashley, R. M., Gersonius, B., Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K., Pathirana, A., & Zevenbergen, C. (2019b). Flexible adaptation planning process for urban adaptation in Melbourne, Australia. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability, 172(7), 393-403. doi:10.1680/jensu.17.00033

Radhakrishnan, M., Nguyen, H. Q., Gersonius, B., Pathirana, A., Vinh, K. Q., Ashley, R. M., & Zevenbergen, C. (2017a). Coping capacities for improving adaptation pathways for flood protection in Can Tho, Vietnam. Climatic Change. doi:10.1007/s10584-017-1999-8

Radhakrishnan, M., Pathak, T., Irvine, K., & Pathirana, A. (2017b). Scoping for the Operation of Agile Urban Adaptation for Secondary Cities of the Global South: Possibilities in Pune, India. Water, 9(12), 939. Retrieved from

Radhakrishnan, M., Pathirana, A., Ashley, R., & Zevenbergen, C. (2017c). Structuring Climate Adaptation through Multiple Perspectives: Framework and Case Study on Flood Risk Management. Water, 9(2), 129. Retrieved from

Radhakrishnan, M., Pathirana, A., Ashley, R. M., Gersonius, B., & Zevenbergen, C. (2018b). Flexible adaptation planning for water sensitive cities. Cities, 78, 87-95. doi:

Radhakrishnan, M., Pathirana, A., Ghebremichael, K., & Amy, G. (2012). Modelling formation of disinfection by-products in water distribution: optimisation using a multi-objective evolutionary algorithm. Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology - Aqua, 61(3), 176-188. doi:10.2166/aqua.2012.179

Rogers, B. C., Bertram, N., Gersonius, B., Gunn, A., Lowe, R., Murphy, C., . . . Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K. (2020). An interdisciplinary and catchment approach to enhancing urban flood resilience: A Melbourne case. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 378(2168). doi:10.1098/rsta.2019.0201

Rui, Y., Fu, D., Minh, H. D., Radhakrishnan, M., Zevenbergen, C., & Pathirana, A. (2018). Urban Surface Water Quality, Flood Water Quality and Human Health Impacts in Chinese Cities. What Do We Know? Water, 10(3), 240. Retrieved from

Vincent, S., Radhakrishnan, M., Hayde, L., & Pathirana, A. (2017). Enhancing the Economic Value of Large Investments in Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) through Inclusion of Ecosystems Services Benefits. Water, 9(11), 841. Retrieved from

Wan, S., Radhakrishnan, M., Zevenbergen, C., & Pathirana, A. (2020). Capturing the changing dynamics between governmental actions across plausible future scenarios in urban water systems. Sustainable Cities and Society, 62, 102318. doi:

Yau, W., Radhakrishnan, M., Liong, S.-Y., Zevenbergen, C., & Pathirana, A. (2017). Effectiveness of ABC Waters Design Features for Runoff Quantity Control in Urban Singapore. Water, 9(8), 577. Retrieved from

Zevenbergen, C., Gersonius, B., & Radhakrishan, M. (2020). Flood resilience. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 378(2168). doi:10.1098/rsta.2019.0212


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