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  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1111

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Marleen de Ruiter is an Assistant Professor at the department of Water and Climate Risk of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her PhD research focused on the temporal dynamics of disaster vulnerability. Before that, she obtained her MSc degree in Environmental and Resource Management from the University of British Columbia (Canada) where she looked at disaster vulnerability of coastal communities and their post-disaster recovery. 

In her current research, she focuses on consecutive disasters, improving modelling capabilities of multi-hazard risk and assessing the impacts of adaptation measures on Disaster Risk Reduction. As a Veni Laureate from the Dutch Research Council's Talent Scheme (NWO), she works on the global consecutive occurrence of consecutive disasters followed by water-borne disease outbreaks using a Dynamic Bayesian Network approach.

Her other projects include:

  • Developing consecutive event models at a global and local scale.
  • The effects of consecutive disasters on migration.
  • Improving understanding of (potentially opposing) effects of adaptation measures on Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • The effects of consecutive disasters on wildlife populations.
  • Improving multi-hazard risk modelling globally and in local case studies of the Philippines.  

She manages the EU H2020 project Myriad-EU on multi-hazard risk assessments and management, she is the scientific officer of the EGU multi-hazard sub-division, she co-leads the RiskKAN working group on systemic risk and early warning systems, and she is associate editor of Earth's Future.

She is one of the directors of the SENSE Research School, she co-developed the Climate Econometrics master specialization at VU Amsterdam, and she is the coordinator of the MSc Earth Sciences and its specialisation Global Environmental Change & Policy (GECP) at VU Amsterdam.

Her PhD publications earned her Wiley’s Earths Future most cited paper award, the American Geosciences Union (AGU) outstanding student presentation award, and the European Geosciences Union (EGU) Early Career Scientist's Travel Support.


Consecutive disasters, multi-hazard risk, risk and vulnerability assessments, (asynergies of) DRR measures, and post-disaster community recovery.


2020: PhD, Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

2011: MSc Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada.

2009: BSc Earth and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2006: Propedeutics Econometrics and Operational Research Management, University of Amsterdam.


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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 13 - Climate Action


  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • G Geography (General)


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