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Frederik is an advisor on inland navigation at the department of Water, Traffic and Environment of Rijkswaterstaat and a Phd-candidate in the researchgroup of Ports and Waterways.

In both positions he examines climate impacts and analyses the effectiveness of a wide variety of adaptation measures to enhance waterborne transport in the future. In his research he applies a systemic and multi-sector research approach and analyses the problem from the perspective multiple stakeholders. The modelling tools are agent-based to simulate systemic and cascading effects.

His PhD-research is funded by Rijkswaterstaat and SmartPort.

Academic background

Frederik holds a MSc-degree in Hydraulic Engineering at Delft University of Technology, faculty Civil Engineering & Geosciences.

After his graduation in 2009, he joined Rijkswaterstaat as a Hydraulic Engineer at the department Programs, Projects & Maintenance. Over the past years Frederik was involved by all kind of projects in the broad field of Hydraulic Engineering. His specilisation is in the domain of the design, construction, renovation and maintenance of Hydraulic Structures and Waterways. In January 2020 he started as an advisor on inland navigation at Rijkswaterstaat at the department of Water, Traffic and Environment (RWS-WVL). He is involved in the project Climate Resilient Networks and specialised in climate impacts on inland shipping.

In September 2017 he started as a PhD-candidate in the section of Ports and Waterways. His research is about climate impacts on inland shipping and which measures can be implemented to enhance waterborne transport in the future.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, Ports and Waterways: Climate change and inland navigation, Delft University of Technology


Master's degree, Hydraulic Engineering, Delft University of Technology


Bachelor's degree, Civil Engineering, Delft University of Technology


External positions

Senioradvisor Inland navigation; Rijkswaterstaat

1 Jan 2020 → …

Hydraulic Engineer; Rijkswaterstaat

1 Sept 200931 Dec 2019


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