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Paul Hudson

Associate Professor

Dr. P.F. Hudson
+31 70 800 9330

Paul Hudson is Associate Professor of Physical Geography. His research utilizes a field based approach augmented with GISc mapping and analysis of satellite imagery and historic cartography. In broad terms Hudson’s research investigates human impacts on the environment, and specifically he examines flooding, soil erosion, river adjustment, sediment transport, as well as the management of floodplain environments

More information about Paul Hudson

Extension number: 8730


Paul Hudson is Associate Professor of Physical Geography and Sustainability at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Paul is an American academic, and jointed Leiden University after fourteen years in the Department of Geography & Environment at the University of Texas at Austin, and after two years at Amsterdam University College (UvA).

Hudson’s scholarly interests concerns the environmental management of rivers and water resources within coastal lowlands and deltas, through the lens of physical geography and hydrology, and the role of governance in designing effective management strategies. His field-based research is augmented with GISc mapping and analysis of satellite imagery and historic cartography. Hudson’s research is both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, and he has collaborated with archaeologists, biologists, geographers, historians, geologists and engineers. Hudson has research projects in the Netherlands (Rhine delta), eastern Mexico, Texas, and along the Lower Mississippi River in Louisiana and Mississippi. Prior funding has come from government agencies, U.S. National Science Foundation, and U.S. Fulbright.

Hudson has provided expert advice concerning environmental water resources across a range of governmental scales; community, state, and national, including Dutch parliament (tweede kamer).


Academic Expertise:

  • Human impacts on the environment
  • Hydrology and flooding
  • GIS
  • Mississippi River
  • Lowland rivers
  • Geomorphology
  • Historic landscapes
  • Floodplain management


  • Water Resources and River Management
  • Earth Systems Science
  • Advanced GIS
  • Water, Policy and the Environment


Associate Professor

  • Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
  • Leiden University College

Work address

Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague
Room number 4.41



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