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Research Urban and Regional Studies Institute Coastal Resilience Research Group


CRRG is comprised of research staff of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen and includes experienced research leaders with key responsibility in the design and implementation of research projects, as well as an international mix of senior and junior researchers.

CRRG researchers [in alphabetic order]

Core coordination team CRRG

Name Role
Dr. Elen-Maarja Trell Group coordinator Senior researcher Community resilience and climate adaptation; Community resilience to flooding; Community resilience and local activism; Community resilience in (declining) rural areas
Britta Restemeyer PhD researcher Resilience, flood resilient cities, planning and strategy-making in an age of uncertainty
Steven Forrest PhD researcher Flood resilience at a community level in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom
Dr. Margo van den Brink Senior researcher Flood risk management, Climate-proof spatial
planning; Adaptive planning and governance for
creating resilient coastal and riverine areas

CRRG researchers




Melanie Bakema

PhD researcher

Resilience and distasters

Jessica de Boer

PhD researcher

Resilient energy landscapes

Prof. Jouke van Dijk

Senior researcher

Sustainable development of the Wadden Sea Region

Dr. Tialda Haartsen Senior researcher Resilience in rural areas
Jasper Heslinga PhD researcher Resilience and tourism
Dr. Bettina van Hoven Senior researcher Coastal areas and watery landscapes - arts, resilience and community involvement

Naim Laeni

PhD researcher

Institutional design for the transition to flood resilience in developing countries

Dr. Ruiqian Li (external advisor)

Senior researcher

Establishing resilient coastal zones by using ecosystem services into coastal spatial planning

Dr. Nora Mehnen (external advisor)

Senior researcher

Wadden Sea Long-Term Ecosystem Research

Dr. Erik Meijles

Senior researcher

Resilience and landscape. Hydrology; GIS; Sedimental evidence of salt marsh remains in the Wadden Sea

Dr. Frans Sijtsma

Senior researcher

Wadden Sea Long-Term Ecosystem Research;
Measuring landscape or nature experience impacts

Prof. Dirk Strijker

Senior researcher

Rural development; Migration; Liveability and economic strength

Gwenda van der Vaart

PhD researcher

The role of arts practice and expression in enhancing the resilience of rural communities in coastal areas

Prof. Frank Vanclay

Senior researcher

Human dimensions of climate change, natural resource management and environmental management; Social impact assessment

Prof. Johan Woltjer (external adviser)

Senior researcher

Capacity-building and capability within urban and regional governance; Resilience and the sustainability of urban and coastal regions; Urban transitions

Dr. Christian Zuidema Senior researcher Resilient energy landscapes; environmental planning and climate adaptation
Last modified:31 August 2021 4.37 p.m.