Sien van der Plank

PhD researcher


Sien holds an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, and a master's degree in Biodiveristy, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford, the United Kingdom. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, she commenced her PhD in October 2016.


Sien's PhD research focuses on coastal flooding in the UK. Flooding is the most damaging natural hazard in the UK today. Coastal flood risk management reduces the impacts of coastal flooding through adaptation measures including spatial planning, engineering and insurance. Yet these measures are seldom assessed collectively. This research analyses how these approaches address the different dimensions of flood risk, and their varying resilience to social and environmental uncertainties across time and space. Using a mixed-methods, case-study approach, the research aims to identify how integration of coastal flood risk management approaches might be improved.



Dr Sally Brown, Prof James Davey, and Prof Robert J. Nicholls

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