Post Doc on Spatial Design of Flood Management via EURAXESS

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Delft, , NL

Living in Deltas creates a Delta paradox: there is a tension between safe living in Deltas and living in natural areas without human interventions. TU Delft explores ways to overcome this paradox, by exploring options for careful integrated designs. Flood defences have to be integrated within a spatial context, both in urban and rural areas. Landscaping the flood risk reduction measures in the spatial and social (future!) context is essential, or the other way round: assessing flood risk reduction of landscape measures is even more essential. This is a struggle, because the funds are available for flood risk reduction, but not yet for other societal objectives, such as ecology and recreation. The NWO project All Risk supports the Dutch national program for flood defence and consists of a group of researcher withing differet connected field. This specific part of th estudy aimes to overcome the struggle for integration by researching how landscape measures can be optimized for flood reduction and spatial quality.

The postdoc will be working in a large multidisciplinary team focussing on two topics:

1.  Vision on the environment. This Vision is important for integration of all disciplines, but the question is: what will this vision encompass? The current available provincial area visions are often too broad, in spite of recent attempts to develop a more specific regional dike vision. Research questions are therefore: What should be the scope of such a vision to adequately and effectively support spatial integration of measures and functions? What is the legal status of such a vision? How can it be used in practice?

2.  Research by design: especially in built-up areas, design of dike reinforcement is complex; this approach supports finding good solutions by design workshops where designers and hydraulic engineers interact. Often, design sessions are deployed to understand each other and to develop smart solutions. In some cases this is very successful, but the full potential benefits of such sessions need to be further explored. The research objective is to identify the success factors and lessons for this type of approach.
The research method is to make an inventory and comparison of different approaches that have been employed in the past ten years with respect to spatial quality.