M.L.K. Wens MSc

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faculteit der bètawetenschappen ( dep. water & climate risk )
PhD researcher


Marthe Wens is a PhD student in the Water and Climate Risk research group of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at VU Amsterdam. She has a background in Physical Geography at the KULeuven, Belgium, with a particular focus on GIS and Earth Science. Her MSc thesis addressed the costs and benefits of soil and water conservation techniques in the Northern Ethiopian Higlands. After her studies, Marthe pursued an internship at the International Center for Agriculture in Dry Areas (ICARDA) where she was involved in the monitoring and evaluation of Research for Development projects and the geo-cataloguing of sustainable land management options. Currently, Marthe is working on a PhD project concerning the decision-making process related to future drought adaptation and mitigation. This project aims to develop an integrated hydro-behavioural model that estimates drought vulnerability and enables the evaluation of different short-term and long-term strategies to reduce drought risk in agriculture and water supply.


Soil and water conservation, Geomorphology, Soil science, GIS, Spatial modelling, Sustainable land management, Climate Change.

Academic training

2015-2016Master’s degree in Geography, Major Earth and Climate Science, Minor GIS and Spatial Analysis at KULeuven and VUB, Belgium
2011-2015Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Minor Milieu and Environment at KULeuven, Belgium

Professional employment history


PhD student, Integrating risk adaptation and mitigation behaviour in drought risk and impact analysis,
Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
2016Internship on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning + Sustainable land management, ICARDA Amman, Jordan