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Rhoda Odongo is a PhD researcher in the department of Water and Climate Risk of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She has a background in Water Resources Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Biosystems Engineering from the University of Nairobi. Her Master’s thesis compared and analysed different model setting up configurations and sewer inlet representation in urban drainage modelling.

Currently, Rhoda Odongo is working on the Down2Earth Project, which is funded by the EUHorizon2020 under H2020-EU.3.5 (Research and Innovation action scheme). This project aims at translating climate information into multilevel decision support for policy development, social adaptation and resilience to water scarcity in the Horn of Africa Drylands. She will be involved in the data-driven assessment of drought risk to understand existing and possible future interactions between climate, hydrology, land and water use, and management focusing mainly on the drought and subsurface water storage.


Water resources engineering, management and hydrology.


2017: MSc Water Resources Engineering, KU Leuven and VU Brussels, Belgium (Cum Laude).

2016: BSc Biosystems Engineering, University of Nairobi, Kenya (First Class Honours).

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