Saskia Keesstra

Senior researcher, Wageningen Environmental Research, Netherlands, Conjoint Associate Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia

Saskia Keesstra

Senior researcher, Wageningen Environmental Research, Netherlands, Conjoint Associate Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia
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Biography

Senior researcher at Soil, Water and Land use Team. She has 16 years of experience in Sustainable Land Use research (160 ISI research and opinion papers; H index/citations: in Google Scholar = 52/8,776, in Scopus = 49/7,122; since 2019 part of the highly cited list of Clarivate (top 0.1% of citations in the field).
Her main aim is to find scientific solutions for societal issues; process knowledge for sustainable development. Her research focusses to understand the processes that determine sustainable land and water use. Process knowledge enables explanation of the impact of natural and human drivers on the catchment systems and which consequences these drivers have for water and sediment connectivity. Improved understanding of the catchment sediment and water dynamics will empower sustainable land and river management to design sustainable management strategies in agriculture and nature conservation. This will help to mitigate soil threats like erosion and off-side water and sediment accumulation with the help of nature’s forces. This knowledge is necessary to be able to design sustainable management strategies in agriculture and nature conservation. In addition, she focusses on interaction with stakeholders, from farmers to policy makers, which is essential to come to usable, acceptable tools for sustainable land management and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.