Johanna Sörensen

PhD, Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, Associate senior lecturer

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Studies urban hydrological processes, especially during extreme rain, i.e. how torrential rain affects the stormwater network and how better stormwater management can reduce the risk of flooding. In my PhD thesis, I looked at the consequences of torrential rain in Malmö. I am particularly interested in blue-green infrastructure (NBS, SUDS, etc.) – both how well they work technically in different rains and how urban planning needs to be changed to support implementation of more solutions. For sustainable and effective climate change adaptation, more elements of blue-green solutions are required.


I give lectures on stormwater, blue-green infrastructure, sewer systems, floods, and sustainability. For graduate students, I give one course in Advanced Hydrology and one on Sustainability. For master's students, I give a course on pipe system engineering. Usually, I supervise 2–3 master's thesis projects, often in collaboration with interested companies and water utilites.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

UKÄ subject classification

  • Water Engineering

Free keywords

  • Pluvial Flooding
  • Extreme Precipitation
  • Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS)
  • Blue-Green Infrastructure
  • Climate Change Adaptation


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