William Veerbeek

Senior Lecturer in Flood Resilience


Dr. William Veerbeek (1970) studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology and artificial intelligence at the VU University Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD from Unesco IHE-Delft on the topic of urban growth driven future flood risk. Dr. Veerbeek is one of the founders of the Flood Resilience Chair Group at IHE-Delft. He has a wide experience in area of urban climate adaptation in The Netherlands as well as internationally. His work was instrumental in the refinement of national flood impact assessment tools, which were tested in Dutch paradigm shifting projects like UFM-Dordrecht and Rotterdam-based projects in the Dutch Knowledge for Climate programme. He worked extensively in megacities like Beijing, Dhaka and Mumbai where his work focussed on the development of long term urban growth projections and subsequent changes in disaster risk. Strengthening IHE’s mission in capacity development, Dr. Veerbeek has been training many cities in climate adaption, especially in Southeast Asia. Currently he is developing a city-to-city learning network on green-blue infrastructure in the North Sea region.

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(Recent peer-reviewed)

  • Zevenbergen, C., Khan, S. A., van Alphen, J., Terwisscha van Scheltinga, C., & Veerbeek, W. (2018). Adaptive delta management: a comparison between the Netherlands and Bangladesh Delta Program. International Journal of River Basin Management, 1-7.
  • Chen, A. S., Hammond, M. J., Djordjevic, S. Butler, D., Khan, D. M., Veerbeek, W., (2016). From hazard to impact: flood damage assessment tools for megacities, Natural Hazards 82 (2), 857-890
  • Khan, D. M., Veerbeek, W., Chen, A. S., Hammond, M. J., Islam, F., Pervin, I., Djordjevic, S. & Butler, D. (2015). Back to the future: Assessing the damage of 2004 Dhaka Flood in the 2050 urban environment. Journal of Flood Risk Management. In Press. DOI: 10.1111/jfr3.12220
  • Veerbeek, W., Pathirana , A., Ashley, R. and Zevenbergen, C. (2015) Enhancing the calibration of an urban growth model using a memetic algorithm, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 50 (March 2015), pp53-65
  • Ahmed, F., Gersonius, B., Veerbeek, W., Khan, M. S. A., & Wester, P. (2015). The role of extreme events in reaching adaptation tipping points: a case study of flood risk management in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Journal of Water and Climate Change, 6(4), 729-742.
  • Pathirana, A., Denekew, H. B., Veerbeek, W., Zevenbergen, C., & Banda, A. T. (2014). Impact of urban growth-driven landuse change on microclimate and extreme precipitation—A sensitivity study. Atmospheric Research, 138, 59-72.

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Recent and ongoing research projects

  • 2016-2020 BEGIN: Blue Green Infrastructure through Social Innovation. Interreg VB North Sea Programme.
  • 2016-2020 DeltaCAP Bangladesh. Capacity Development for Sustainable Delta Management and the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100. Nuffic
  • 2016-2021 CORE Bangladesh: COmmunity REsilience through rapid prototyping of flood proofing technologies. Urbanising Deltas of the World 2 project, NWO
  • 2015-2016 Cities, Water and Governance (Steden, Water & Sturing). Comprehensive comparative flood risk study on megacities, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
  • 2015-2017 C2C exchange for disaster resilience. Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment in collaboration with UNISDR
  • 2014-2017 CRC Water Sensitive Cities, B4.2; D4.1: Socio-technical flood resilienc & Strengthening educational programs to foster future water sensitive cities leaders, Australia, Vietnam, Netherlands
  • 2013-2016 Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands & Ministry of Planning of Bangladesh
  • 2011-2017 Communities and Institutions for Flood Resilience, Bangladesh-Netherlands, WOTRO-Integrated Programme
  • 2011-2012 Climate Proofing Cities 2.3: Sensitivity and Vulnerability of Urban Systems, Knowledge for Climate
  • 2011-2012 HSRR3.1: Adaptive development strategies for the unembanked areas in the hotspot region of Rotterdam, Knowledge for Climate Programme
  • 2011-2014 Collaborative Research on Flood Resilience in Urban Areas (CORFU), Bangladesh, China, France, Germany, India, South-Korea, Taiwan, FP7 EU


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