At the heart of Resilient Delta lies the belief that by converging science, policy, industry, and society, adaptations for complex urban deltas can be created and shared. In the six-part interview series “Voices of Generation Delta” we talk to those who have joined our mission to tackle society’s biggest challenges through boundary crossing teamwork. First up, Audrey Esteban, Postdoctoral researcher from TU Delft whose work centers around urban flood resilience.
“The Dutch have a huge trust in their delta works as well as the government. They’ve calculated the flood risk at 1 in 10,000 years and people perceive this probability as never happening in their lifetime. However, that risk can play out tonight, tomorrow, or even this morning.”
Dr. Esteban holds a Postdoc position within the transdisciplinary research program RED & BLUE, which focusses on real estate climate risk governance strategies for lower-lying urban areas in the Dutch delta. Esteban’s research centers around the knowledge that while we may still live safely behind dikes now, we do not know how tenable this will be in the long run.
Central to RED & BLUE’s research is the bringing together of varying disciplines from related sectors, ranging from climate scientists and economists to scholars like Esteban: “I come from the social sciences world of the Erasmus University, while also being an urban planner. My interest lies in looking at the collective engagement around urban resilience.”