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Résumé of dr. C. J. (Cees) van Westen

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Résumé of dr. C.J. (Cees) van Westen

Dr. Cees van Westen graduated in 1988 for his MSc (doctoraal) in Physical Geography from the University of Amsterdam. After working with the University of Amsterdam for one year on landslide related problems in Austria and Switzerland, he joined the Division of Applied Geomorphology of ITC in 1988, and specialized in the use of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems for natural hazard and risk assessment. He obtained his PhD in Engineering Geology from the Technical University of Delft in 1993, with a research on "Geographic Information Systems for Landslide Hazard Zonation". 



He is working in the Department of Earth Systems Analysis, and contributes to the research theme 4D-Earth, specifically to Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Management. Dr. Van Westen has worked on research projects, training courses and consulting projects related to natural hazard and risk assessment in many different countries. 

From 2005- 2015 he was Director of the United Nations University - ITC Centre on Geoinformation for Disaster Risk Management. The overview of activities of the UNU-DGIM can be downloaded here

Links to external sources:


  • LinkedIn Profile

  • LinkedIn Group Landslide Researchers

  • LinkedIn Group Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Management

  • FaceBook 

  • ResearchGate

  • Academia.edu

  • Google Scholar

Country and place of birth: 2 November 1962, Terneuzen, Netherlands

Nationality: Dutch

Civil Status: Married, 5 children
Education

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1993: Technical University Delft, Faculty of Mining, Department Engineering Geology. PhD (Dr.) degree.

1980 - 1987: University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Degree in Physical Geography (Drs. Cum laude). Additional topics in Sedimentology (University Of Utrecht), Hydrology (Free University of Amsterdam), Engineering Geology (Technical University Delft), education certificate for secondary school (onderwijsbevoegdheid).

1974 - 1980: Secondary School, VWO, Terneuzen, the Netherlands



Employment Record
2010-date: Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente. Enschede, the Netherlands. Associate Professor in the use of Geoinformation for Natural Hazard Studies.

From 2005 – 2015: United Nations University – ITC School on Disaster Geoinformation Management, changed to UNU-ITC Center for Spatial Analysis and Disaster Risk Management. Director.

From 2000 – 2010 : International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Enschede, the Netherlands. Associate Professor in the use of Geoinformation for Natural Hazard Studies.

From 1998 - to 2000: International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Enschede, the Netherlands. Programme Director.

From 1998 - to 2000: International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Enschede, the Netherlands. Assistant Professor in Applied Geomorphology.

1997 (8 months): International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Enschede, the Netherlands. User Group coordinator of ILWIS.

From 1993 - 1998: International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Enschede, the Netherlands. Lecturer in Applied Geomorphology and Engineering Geology.

1988 – 1993: International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Enschede, the Netherlands. Researcher in application of Geographic Information Systems in landslide hazard zonation.

1987 – 1988: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Part-time co-worker in consultancy projects in Austria and Switzerland.

1985 – 1987: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Student assistant at the Department of Geography


Languages


Language

Speaking

Reading

Writing

Dutch

Mother tongue

English

Good

Good

Good

German

Fair

Good

Fair

French

Poor

Fair

Poor

Spanish

Good

Good

Fair


Expertise


Expertise in research in the following topics: use of spatial information for landslide hazard and risk assessment, Participatory GIS for flood risk assessment, volcanic hazard assessment, seismic hazard and risk assessment, technological risk assessment, and multi-hazard risk assessment. 

Most of the research is in the field of landslides, dealing with topics such as: generation of event-based landslide inventories using remote sensing (e.g. LiDAR, object oriented image classification), historical records and field mapping; earthquake-induced landslides; combination of heuristic and statistical models for landslide susceptibility analysis; dynamic modelling of landslide initiation; landslide run out analysis, and different approaches for landslides risk assessment.


Management Experience

  • 2010 to 2015: Project coordinator EU FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network “CHANGES”

  • 2005 to 2015: Director United Nations University – ITC School for disaster Geoformation Management

  • 2002 to 2008: Member of Management Team, Department of Earth Systems Analysis

  • 2002 to 2008: Portfolio management Project Services, Department of Earth Systems Analysis

  • 1998 - to 2002: Vice-head of the Division of Applied Geomorphological Surveys.

  • 2002 - to 2007: Project supervisor GEONEDIS project. Institutional strengthening of the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, IIRS, Dehra Dun, India. Overall coordination of the project, planning, quality control, monitoring

  • 1998 - to 2002: Student advisor, EREG educational programme, Natural Hazard Studies specialisation. Coordination of the specialisation on Natural Hazard Studies, student selections, MSc supervision.

  • 1998 - to 2000: Programme Director, EREG educational programme. Overall coordination of the course preparation, student selections, marketing, course execution

  • 1998 – 2002: Coordinator of Education Committee of the Division of Applied Geomorphological Surveys.

  • 1997 : Training material co-ordinator, and user group co-ordinator for the development of ILWIS 2.1

  • 1990 – 1993: Project co-ordinator for the UNESCO and EC projects on landslide hazards in Colombia.

Training courses followed




  • 2012: Management course (Ben Verheijden)

  • 2005: Management course follow up (Bureau Eva Wiltingh, Kekerdom)

  • 2004 : Course first Aid in tropical countries.

  • 2004 : Course ArcGIS

  • 2002 : Course on Blackboard

  • 2001 : International project management (Prof. Dr. Bernd Madauss, Project Management Team PMT)

  • 2000 : Management course for Professors and UHDs (Bureau Eva Wiltingh, Kekerdom)

  • 1998 : Course on ERDAS held at ITC.

  • 1994 :Course on "Supervising MSc students" held at the Technical University Twente

  • 1993 : Course on "Teaching and Learning in Higher Education" held at the Technical University Twente.

1987 :Course on teaching for secondary schools. Received teaching certificate.
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