Laura Verbrugge


Name:  Laura Verbrugge

Department: Water Engineering and Management
Tel.: +31 53 489 7884

Tel. Secretary: +31 53 489 3546
Position: researcher

Postal Address:
University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Department of Water Engineering & Management
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede


Laura Verbrugge is a postdoctoral researcher in the Water Engineering and Management group at the Faculty of Engineering Technology of the University of Twente. She completed her PhD at the Department of Philosophy and Science studies and the Department of Environmental Sciences, Radboud University. Her PhD thesis titled ‘Going global: perceiving, assessing and managing biological invasions’ was published in 2014 and awarded the Frye Stipendium, a scholarship to encourage female PhD students to continue their academic careers upon completion of their theses.

During her PhD, she participated in a several projects on risk assessment and risk prevention of biological invasions and (co)authored several reports commissioned by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). She was responsible for coordinating expert workshops for horizon scanning and pre-screening of pathways and environmental risks of potential invasive species to prepare the Dutch government for new European legislation. As part of her activities for the Netherlands Centre of Expertise for Exotic Species (NEC-E) she was also involved in the development of interactive learning tools and teaching materials about invasive species (in Dutch).

After completing her doctoral education, she became a postdoctoral fellow at the Radboud University as part of the RiverCare research program funded by TTW-NWO. Currently she is continuing this position at the University of Twente.


Central topics in her research project include:

·         Public perceptions of river landscapes and people’s preferences for management

·         Stakeholder collaborations and civic engagement in monitoring and evaluating innovative (engineering) river interventions.

More information can be found on the project website:


·         Human-nature relationships occurring in the face of environmental change

·         Risk assessment, management and public perceptions of invasive non-native species

·         Relationships between place-based values and public perception of river management

·         Citizen science / local stakeholder involvement in monitoring and evaluation


2014 - 2017

Postdoctoral researcher, Institute for Science in Society, Radboud University, The Netherlands


Research coordinator at Institute for Science in Society, Radboud University, The Netherlands

2010 - 2013

PhD candidate at Institute for Science in Society, Radboud University, The Netherlands

2009 - 2010

Junior researcher at Institute for Water and Wetland Research, Radboud University, The Netherlands



PhD degree, Radboud University, The Netherlands


MSc Environmental Sciences, with specialization in Science Communication, Radboud University, The Netherlands


BSc Environmental Sciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands


·         Verbrugge, L.N.H., W. Ganzevoort, J.M. Fliervoet, K. Panten & R.J.G. van den Born. 2017. Implementing participatory monitoring in river management: The role of stakeholders' perspectives and incentives. Journal of Environmental Management 195:62-69. [Link]

·         Matthews, J., R. Beringen, R. Creemers, H. Hollander, N. van Kessel, H. van Kleef, S. van de Koppel, A.J.J. Lemaire, B. Odé, L.N.H. Verbrugge, A.J. Hendriks, A.M. Schipper, G. van der Velde & R.S.E.W. Leuven, 2017. A new approach to horizon-scanning: identifying potentially invasive alien species and their introduction pathways. Management of Biological Invasions 8(1): 37–52. [Link]

·         Hulme, P.E., G. Brundu, M. Carboni, K. Dehnen-Schmutz, S. Dullinger, R. Early, F. Essl, P. González-Moreno, Q.J. Groom, C. Kueffer, I. Kühn, N. Maurel, A. Novoa, J. Pergl, P. Pyšek, H. Seebens, R. Tanner, J.M. Touza, M. van Kleunen & L.N.H. Verbrugge, in press. Integrating invasive species policies across ornamental horticulture supply-chains to prevent plant invasions. Journal of Applied Ecology. [Link]

·         Verbrugge, L.N.H., R.S.E.W. Leuven & H.A.E. Zwart, 2016. Metaphors in invasion biology: implications for risk assessment and management of non-native species. Ethics, Policy & Environment, 19: 273-284. [Link]

·         Verbrugge, L.N.H., R.S.E.W. Leuven, J.L.C.H. van Valkenburg & R.J.G. van den Born, 2014. Evaluating stakeholder awareness and involvement in risk prevention of aquatic invasive plant species by a national code of conduct. Aquatic Invasions 9: 369-381. [Link]

·         Collas, F.P.L., K.R. Koopman, A.J. Hendriks, G. van der Velde, L.N.H. Verbrugge, & R.S.E.W. Leuven, 2014. Effects of desiccation on native and non-native molluscs in rivers. Freshwater Biology 59: 41- 55. [Link]

·         Verbrugge, L.N.H., R.J.G. Van den Born & H.J.R. Lenders, 2013. Exploring public perception of non-native species from a visions of nature perspective. Environmental Management 52: 1562-1573. [Link]

·         Verbrugge, L.N.H., A.M. Schipper, M.A.J. Huijbregts, G. van der Velde & R.S.E.W. Leuven, 2012. Sensitivity of native and non-native mollusc species to changing river water temperature and salinity. Biological Invasions 14: 1187-1199. [Link]

·         Verbrugge, L.N.H., G. van der Velde, A.J. Hendriks, H. Verreycken & R.S.E.W. Leuven, 2012. Risk classifications of aquatic non-native species: application of contemporary European assessment protocols in different biogeographical settings. Aquatic Invasions 7: 49-58. [Link]

A full list of publications is available via Google Scholar or ResearchGate.


2014 - 2016

Co-coordinator of Master course Science and Societal Interaction, Institute for Science in Society, Radboud University

2009 - 2011

Student-assistant Bachelor course Human & Environment, Department of Environmental Science, Radboud University


Supervision of BSc and MSc students during their research internships