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Dr Arnout van Soesbergen

Dr Arnout van Soesbergen

  • Research fellows

Research Associate

Research subject areas

  • Policy and society
  • Geography and the environment

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Dr Arnout van Soesbergen is a physical geographer with broad research interests in hydrology, land use change modelling, ecology, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services. He completed his PhD on the impacts of climate change on water resources of global dams at the Department of Geography in 2013. He has a MSc in Eco-hydrology and Environment and Resource Management, both from the VU University Amsterdam.

During his PhD, he worked on modelling water resources and developing policy support systems in the Andes as part of the Challenge Programme on Water and Food (CPFW).

Prior to his PhD, Arnout worked at the Institute for Environmental Studies in Amsterdam where he worked on projects around Payments for Ecosystem Services and hydro-economic modelling.

Since completing his PhD, he has been employed by UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the biodiversity assessment arm of the United Nations Environment Programme, based in Cambridge, UK. 


  • Climate and land use change impacts on water resources
  • Land use change and scenarios
  • Earth observation, GIS and modelling
  • Biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services

Arnout currently works on the ESPA funded p4ges project, which aims to influence the development and implementation of international ecosystem service payment schemes in the interests of poverty alleviation with a particular focus on Madagascar.

His work mainly focuses on the development and implementation of the web-based policy support systems, WaterWorld and Co$tingNature 

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See Arnout's research profile