Sadhana Nirandjan, MSc


Sadhana Nirandjan is a PhD researcher within the department of Water and Climate Risk (WCR) at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences and Economics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, during which she discovered her interest for interdisciplinary research within hydrological systems and its societal impacts. Before she started her master in Hydrology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, she had followed extra-curricular courses at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, to gain more knowledge on environmental issues experienced abroad, for which she was awarded the Holland Scholarship. She completed her master’s in Hydrology with a thesis on Managed Aquifer Systems in coastal areas and was awarded the distinction cum laude.

In her current research, she aims to increase our understanding of the multi-hazard risk to critical infrastructure at the global scale. She developed the Critical Infrastructure Spatial Index (CISI) to identify the geospatial location of critical infrastructure and its density for each part of the world. Other aspects that are covered by her research are, under which, the vulnerability of assets, and the quantification of risks on our critical infrastructure due to natural hazards.


Year Programme University
2019-now    PhD Multi-hazard risk to critical infrastructure at the global scale Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2017-2019 MSc Hydrology (cum laude) Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2013-2016 BSc Earth & Economics Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Working Experience

Year Job Title Place
2019-now PhD Researcher Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2018-2019    Student Assistant Global Environmental Change & Policy    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Research projects

Year Project Role Funder
2019-2023    RECEIPT    PhD Researcher    Horizon 2020


  1. Climate impact storylines for assessing socio-economic responses to remote events
    Bart JJM Hurk, Marina Baldissera Pacchetti, Esther Boere, Alessio Ciullo, Liese Coulter, Suraje Dessai, Ertug Ercin, Henrique MD Goulart, and 5 more authors
    Climate Risk Management, 2023
  2. Framework for rainfall-triggered landslide-prone critical infrastructure zonation
    Kaushal Gnyawali, Kshitij Dahal, Rocky Talchabhadel, and Sadhana Nirandjan
    Science of The Total Environment, 2023
  3. The impacts of coastal flooding and sea level rise on critical infrastructure: a novel storyline approach
    Elco Koks, D Le Bars, AH Essenfelder, Sadhana Nirandjan, and P Sayers
    Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, 2022
  4. A spatially-explicit harmonized global dataset of critical infrastructure
    Sadhana NirandjanElco Koks, Philip J Ward, and Jeroen CJH Aerts
    Scientific Data, 2022
  5. Improved assessment of rainfall-induced railway infrastructure risk in China using empirical data
    Weihua Zhu, Kai Liu, Ming Wang, Sadhana Nirandjan, and Elco Koks
    Natural Hazards, 2022