Areas of expertise

  • Sustainable Land Systems
  • Water Science and Engineering


Dr Kim Vercruysse is an interdisciplinary researcher specialising in the physical and societal interactions related to water and river management. A focal aspect of her research is improving systems' understanding by combining insights from different disciplines such as fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, engineering and social sciences. She is currently a research fellow at Cranfield University, working on understanding social-environmental interactions and trade-offs in the land-river interface through an ecosystem services approach.

Prior to (re-)joining Cranfield University, she was a research fellow at University of Leeds on an EPSRC-funded project on Urban Flood Resilience, where she investigated how interoperability and connectivity between infrastructure systems can help facilitate integrated and system-oriented flood management.  Kim obtained her PhD in fluvial geomorphology at Cranfield University (2014-2017), worked at UNESCO’s Water Sciences Department (2014), and got both a masters’ degree in Physical Geography (KULeuven, Belgium) (2010-2012) and International Development (UGent, Belgium) (2012-2013).

Current activities

Kim is a research fellow on a NERC Towards a Sustainable Earth project, entitled 'Social, economic and environmental trade-offs in managing the land-river-interface', investigating how land and river management can be harnessed to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.


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