Imeshi joined HYDR in October 2014 on the GROWADRISK Project which aims to investigate the groundwater drought risk for catchments in Belgium. Since April 2016 she is working on climate change impacts on water productivity as a PhD researcher. Her main interests are to conduct her research in data scarce regions and to link socio-economic aspects into hydrology.
Hellen joined HYDR in August 2016 as a PhD researcher. She is working on Sustainable Reduction of Evapotranspiration through Improved Policy/Water Resources Management in Cultivated African Catchments. With this research, she hopes to successfully link scientific research outcomes to practical policy and society’s expectations
Celray James Joined HYDR in October 2016, as an assistant and a PhD researcher under the supervision of Wim Thiery and Ann van Griensven . He is currently working on the impacts of climate change and land use changes on runoff in Africa using SWAT and CLM.
Douglas joined HYDR in February 2017 under the SMART-ET project. Douglas is working on catchment scale remote sensing estimation of ET, ET water productivity and hydrologic modelling & water accounting. His research is in Makanya catchment of the Pangani Basin in Tanzania. Douglas is working under Prof. Ann van Griensven.
Cas Neyens is a PhD researcher with a background in hydrogeology and groundwater modelling. He is currently working on reactive transport simulations and tool development for point source contaminations in shallow groundwater. Tangentially, he is interested in constructing R code and packages related to hydrology and hydrological modelling.
Inne joined HYDR in October 2017 as a PhD researcher under supervision of prof. Wim Thiery and co-supervision of prof. Ann van Griensven and prof. Nicole van Lipzig (KU Leuven). With a background in geography and climatology, she is investigating the impact of large dams on the climate using a global climate model.
Sebastian joined HYDR in January 2018 as a PhD researcher on climate services for renewable electricity planning in West Africa in the framework of the JPI-Climate project CIREG. He works under the joint supervision of prof. Wim Thiery and prof. Nicole van Lipzig (KU Leuven), and is co-supervised by prof. Ann van Griensven. He has a background in applied physics and several years of work experience as energy and climate policy analyst.
Kim Van Hove is assisting analytical aspect of research applied to sedimentological research.
Mónica Ximena Guzmán Rojo, PhD researcher
Mónica Ximena Guzmán Rojo is a PhD student investigating "Sustainable management of groundwater in San Jose de Chiquitos" within the framework of the project "Contribution to integrated water management in Bolivia" developed jointly with the Catholic University of Bolivia.
BADIOUI KAOUTAR is a PhD researcher working on the optimization of the water resources in Oasis areas within the framework of the project “WASIS: Smart Water management in Oasis Areas of Morocco Based on Integrated modelling system” linked to the Mohammadia School of Engineers – UM5R in RABAT-MOROCCO. This joint PhD research is supervised by Prof. Abdelkader LARABI from EMI-UM5R and Prof. Marijke Huysmans from VUB.
Dimitri has a background in geology and water engineering. He joined HYDR in December 2017 as part of the BrusSEau project, a multi-disciplinary cooperation, consisting of civil society (EGEB), hydrologists (VUB), (landscape) architects (ULB, Latitude, Arkipel), historians (ULB) and technical experts (ECOTECHNIC). This co-creative initiative involves direct collaboration with inhabitants at a local level as well as with city administrations within Brussels. Through his research he aims at the analysis of hydrological fluxes to understand and tackle inundations in a local urban context.
Afnan Agramont Akiyama is a PhD researcher working on water resources management holding special focus on water policy and the institutional setup linked to water quality issues at the river basin scale, this under a VLIR program titled “Inclusive Community Development to Improve the Quality of Life in Vulnerable Rural and Urban Regions in Bolivia”. The project is a collaboration between the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and the Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo from La Paz-Bolivia.
He has a background on Water Management under a MSc. Program at the UNESCO-IHE in Delft-The Netherlands and also has a Bachelor Degree on Environmental Engineering at Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz-Bolivia.
ALITANE Abdennabi is a PhD student, He is under the supervision of Prof. Ali ESSAHLAOUI at the University of Moulay Ismail, Meknès, Morocco, and Prof. Ann Van Griensven at Vrije Universiteit Brussels from Belgium .His area of interest is assessing the vulnerability of water resources in Mikkès watershed (Morocco) using Geomatic tools, multicriteria analysis methods and fuzzy logic. This topic of study is included in the VLIV-UOS project.
Inti Rodriguez joined HYDR on 2018 as a PhD researcher under supervision of Prof. Marijke Huysmans. With a background in environmental engineering, his research is focused on integral water management (both surface and underground water) at the river basin scale, within the framework of the VLIR-UOS project "Contribution to integrated water management in Bolivia" developed jointly between Vrije Universiteit Brussels and Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo" from Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Annabel joined HYDR in August 2019 as a PhD researcher under supervision of Prof. Huysmans and co-supervision of Prof. Marc Elskens (WE-DSCH, AMGC). She has a background of hydrogeology, wastewater treatment, water resources management and environmental chemistry. Annabel is studying the effect of irrigation and groundwater recharge with treated domestic wastewater on the groundwater quantity and quality.
Kim Tondeur is a socio-cultural anthropologist working on water management in Belgium and Malta. In Brussels, he works with HYDR and EGEB asbl in 2 co-creation research projects - Brusseau and FloodCitiSense - that aim to deploy innovative solutions for a flood resilient city. In a rural community in Gozo (Malta), he conducts ethnographic research that focuses on the political ecology of water governance in the face of climate change. Alongside his interest in water, Kim shows great enthusiasm in crossover initiatives between science and the arts, notably drawing.
Steven started his PhD under supervision of prof. Wim Thiery in October 2019 and will work with the Community Earth System Model (CESM) on the development of sustainable land management scenarios for climate mitigation and adaptation. He will be funded through the EU project LAMACLIMA which promotes interdisciplinary cooperation between agronomists, economists and climate scientists as well as with stakeholders involved in various land use issues.