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Ileen is a PhD candidate in the department of Water and Climate Risk of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She obtained her Bachelor degree Civil Engineering at the TU Delft and continued there on the master Water Management. During her master thesis she studies local knowledge of farming communities in Southern Malawi in relation to drought forecasting and adaptation strategies. She has worked on several research studies in Southern Africa and collaborated with local universities and NGOs.

Currently, her PhD research focusses on the adaptation dynamics of rural communities to droughts by developing an agent-based model (ABM). She will simulate the interactions between drought risk, its direct and indirect impacts, and how agro-pastorialists respond to drought with adaptation measures. Her work is part of the DOWN2EARTH project in East Africa, funded by EU HORIZON 2020.


Drought risk and adaptation.


2020: MSc Water Management, TU Delft.

2017: BSc Civil Engineering, TU Delft.

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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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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