Chris is professor at the Water Engineering Department of UNESCO-IHE and at TuDelft, the Netherlands. He is also strategic advisor of the Executive Board of Dura Vermeer Group NV. He was a Member of the Board of the Public Private Innovation Platform Clean Tech Delta, The Netherlands, from 2013 to 2015.
He holds a PhD in environmental engineering and worked as a researcher on various environmental issues related to the building industry, such as environmental impact assessments, product development, emission modeling, testing procedures, building codes and guidelines in the 1980s followed by 20 years international research and consultancy in environmental engineering and water management related to the urban environment. In the past 15 years he has accumulated extensive national and international experience with integrated approaches to manage urban floods. His research interest is specifically on innovative concepts to mitigate urban flood impacts, on flood proofing building designs and technologies and on decision support tool development in urban planning with practical application in urban flood management. He has a strong affinity with the ecological, socio-economic, institutional aspects of urban planning and water management. Therefore, he considers himself more a generalist than a specialist.
He has published/edited five books and more that 100 peer reviewed papers in the field of environmental engineering and urban flood management. He was co-founder and chairman of the European Network COST C22 on Urban Flood Management. He chairs the Flood Resilience Group (FRG) of UNESCO-IHE. He participates in various national and international advisory boards of governmental and scientific institutions (e.g. IPCC EM Infra, Rotterdam Climate Proof, Environmental Science Group Wageningen, DLR Future Mega Cities, EPSRC, the Dutch Knowledge for Climate Program, the Dutch Delta Program, iBuild, WB).
Prof. Zevenbergen is an associated consultant to Bax & Company. He contributes his strategic vision in the fields such as: water, environment, infrastructure, construction, his vast experience in creating and managing international partnerships in innovative and emerging fields and his broad international networks.