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Marleen de Ruiter is a PhD at the department of Water and Climate Risk of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She has a background in Environmental and Resource Management from the University of British Columbia (Canada) specializing in disaster vulnerability and post-disaster recovery. 

In her current research, she focuses on improving modelling capabilities of multi-hazard risk and measuring the impacts of adaptation measures on Disaster Risk Reduction. In recent decades, there has been a striking number of countries suffering from consecutive disasters: different events impacting the same area within days, months or years from each other, when recovery from an earlier event is still under way. Current state-of-the art regional and global models do not allow for a thorough representation and analysis of consecutive events and their impacts. Moreover, adaptation measures are generally aimed at one particular hazard type although they can have opposing effects on a different hazard type.

In addressing these challenges, her projects include:

  • Developing consecutive event models at a global and local scale.
  • Improving understanding of (potentially opposing) effects of adaptation measures on Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Improving multi-hazard risk modelling in a case study of the Philippines, in collaboration with the Red Cross' 510 Global Team.  

Finally, Marleen is coordinator of the Global Environmental Change & Policy specialization of the Earth Sciences master at the VU University.


Post-disaster recovery, risk and vulnerability assessments, flood vulnerability curves, extreme weather inusrance schemes, multi-hazard risk, consecutive events.


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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Research Output 2017 2020

Why we can no longer ignore consecutive disasters

de Ruiter, M., Couasnon, A., van den Homberg, M., Daniell, J., Gill, J. & Ward, P., 6 Jan 2020, In : Earth's Future.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
risk assessment

A global database of historic and real-time flood events based on social media

de Bruijn, J., de Moel, H., Jongman, B., de Ruiter, M., Wagemaker, J. & Aerts, J. C. J. H., 9 Dec 2019, In : Scientific Data. 6, 1, 1 p., 311.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Social Media
social media
natural disaster

An assessment of best practices of extreme weather insurance and directions for a more resilient society

Hudson, P. G. M. B., de Ruig, L. T., de Ruiter, M. C., Kuik, O. J., Botzen, W. J. W., Le Den, X., Persson, M., Benoist, A. & Nielsen, C., 22 Apr 2019, In : Environmental Hazards.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
best practice
Open Access
rural area
risk assessment
urban area

Insurance of weather and climate-related disaster risk: Inventory and analysis of mechanisms to support damage prevention in the EU

Le Den, X., Persson, M., Benoist, A., Hudson, P. G. M. B., de Ruiter, M. C., de Ruig, L. T. & Kuik, O. J., 31 Aug 2017, Publication Office of the European Union. 196 p.

Research output: Book / ReportReportProfessional

Open Access