Ms Sien van der Plank is a third year PhD student at the University of Southampton, under the supervision of Dr Sally Brown, Prof Robert Nicholls, Prof Emma Tompkins and Prof James Davey. Her PhD is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). This PhD research aims to analyse the synergies and conflicts in coastal flood risk management between spatial planning, engineering and insurance approaches. These challenges are being researched at the national policy level, as well as at the local level of policy implementation. Alongside this research, Sien also runs a public engagement group composed of coastal PhD students at the University of Southampton, the “Beach Hut Brigade”, and is employed to blog about PhD student experiences at the University.
Sien holds a BSc in Sustainability and World Politics from the University of Leiden, and an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford. She previously conducted research on community perceptions of mines, and the discourses of political parties for animals, and sees herself as an interdisciplinary social-environmental scientist.