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Derk van Ree is a part-time PhD student in the department of Environmental Economics of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He retired in October 2023 as employee of Deltares in Delft, the Netherlands. He is performing a PhD research project on the Sustainable Development and Management of the Shallow (defined as up to 500 metres of depth) Subsurface. The aim is to develop an integrated management framework for the sustainable use of the shallow subsurface in the (predominantly) urban environment. The project is supervised by Prof. M.W. Hofkes at IVM.


Derk van Ree is a senior specialist in the environmental field related to soil and groundwater issues including environmental impact assessment and sustainable development of the subsurface.

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1982: 'Doctorandus (drs.)' degree in Geographical Hydrology from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands).

1978: 3-year full-time Bachelors Degree in Physical Geography.


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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