- PhD candidate at VU Amsterdam
Raed Hamed is a PhD researcher in the Water & Climate Risk group at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) in Amsterdam. His work focuses on developing storylines to investigate the impacts of current and future climate variability on staple crop production in key regions around the world. This is done using a combination of machine learning and system dynamics modelling. The research is embedded in the RECEIPT project, an EU-funded project on climate risk storylines.
Raed completed two bachelor’s degrees in Agribusiness and Agricultural sciences at the American University of Beirut. He then obtained his MSc in Climate Studies at Wageningen University with his thesis focused on seasonal streamflow forecasts in South America.
Before starting at VU Amsterdam, Raed worked for the consultancy company FutureWater on the EU-funded project IMPREX where he assessed the seasonal forecasting skills of hydrological and crop related variables on South East Spain. Raed is interested in the holistic understanding of the food production system looking at interactions between the social, economic and physical drivers in order to support decision-making in an uncertain world.