Joël De Plaen,


Joel De Plaen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Water and Climate Risk (WCR) department at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research focuses on leveraging Deep Learning to improved information on the exposure and vulnerability of critical infrastructures. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Physical and Human Geography at Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). He pursued his master’s in M.Sc. in Earth Sciences (Environmental Management track) at Universiteit van Amsterdam, and his thesis focused on addressing drought from an impact perspective by investigating the application of an online media-based drought detection and monitoring system.


Year Programme University
2016-2019 M.Sc. in Earth Sciences, Environmental Management track Universiteit van Amsterdam
2011-2013 M.Sc. in Hydrology with specialisation in hydrogeology (72ECTS) Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2008-2011 B.Sc. in Physical and Human Geography Université Libre de Bruxelles

Working Experience

Year Job Title Place
2021-now PhD Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2020-2021 Research Trainee European Commission’s Joint Research Center
2020-2020 Project Manager Sungevity International
2019-2019 Data Analyst FloodTags
2018-2019 Data Analyst intern FloodTags
2018-2019 Service and Monitoring Specialist Sungevity International

Research projects

Year Project Role Funder
2021-now    CoCliCo    PhD Researcher    Horizon 2020