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Dr Abiy S. Kebede
Lecturer in Flood and Coastal Engineering


Dr Kebede is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Flood and Coastal Engineering within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London. He is also a key member of the Centre for Flood Risk and Resilience (CFR2). Prior to joining Brunel, Abiy worked as a Researcher at the University of Southampton, where he also did his PhD and MSc studies. His current research interests span from understanding the food-water-land-ecosystems nexus interactions and implications for sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to assessing the potential impacts of climate change, sea-level rise and climate extremes and risks of flooding, and quantifying the costs and benefits of engineering and nature-based solutions to climate change challenges at different spatial (from local to global) and temporal (from short- to long-term) scales for informing robust adaptation policies. His work explores the following key research questions:

  • What are the physical, socio-economic and environmental impacts of climate change, sea-level rise and climate extremes in coastal areas and deltas?
  • What are the implications of historic coastal landfills on shoreline management planning?
  • What are the direct and indirect impacts and key uncertainties of future changes in climate and socio-economic conditions?
  • How can we devise robust adaptation policies across multiple sectors, scales, and scenarios?


  • PgCAP and FHEA, Brunel University London
  • PhD Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southampton
  • MSc Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management, University of Southampton
  • MSc Civil Engineering (Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management), Delft University of Technology
  • MSc Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • BSc Civil Engineering, Mekelle University


  • 2018–Present: Lecturer, Brunel University London
  • 2016–2018: Research Fellow, University of Southampton
  • 2015–2016: Senior Research Assistant, University of Southampton
  • 2012–2015: Teaching Assistant, University of Southampton
  • 2009–2011: Research Assistant, University of Southampton
  • 2004–2007: Assistant Lecturer, Arba Minch University
  • 2003–2004: Graduate Assistant, Arba Minch University

Newest selected publications

Breen, MJ., Kebede, AS. and König, CS. (2022) 'The Safe Development Paradox in Flood Risk Management: A Critical Review'. Sustainability, 14 (24). pp. 1 - 18.Open Access Link

Journal article

Kebede, A. and Hutton, CW. (2022) 'Integrating multi-scale and participatory scenario methods for assessing climate change impacts and adaptation in coastal deltas: Lessons and outlook'.Scenarios Forum 2022 (Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures). Laxenburg, Austria. [unpublished]

Conference paper

Kebede, AS., Nicholls, RJ., Clarke, D., Savin, C. and Harrison, PA. (2021) 'Integrated assessment of the food-water-land-ecosystems nexus in Europe: Implications for sustainability'. Science of the Total Environment, 768. pp. 144461 - 144461. ISSN: 0048-9697 Open Access Link

Journal article

Beaven, RP., Stringfellow, AM., Nicholls, RJ., Haigh, ID., Kebede, AS. and Watts, J. (2020) 'Future challenges of coastal landfills exacerbated by sea level rise'. Waste Management, 105. pp. 92 - 101. ISSN: 0956-053X Open Access Link

Journal article

Lázár, AN., Hanson, SE., Nicholls, RJ., Allan, A., Hutton, CW., Salehin, M. and et al. (2019) 'Choices: Future Trade-Offs and Plausible Pathways', in Nicholls, RJ., Adger, WN., Hutton, CW. and Hanson, SE. (eds.) Deltas in the Anthropocene. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. pp. 223 - 245.Open Access Link

Book chapter
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