Liesbet JACOBS


Department of Geography
Faculty of Science and Bio-engineering Sciences
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Building F
Room F8.15
Pleinlaan 2
B-1050 Brussel

+32-2-629 35 56

My research is focused on the biophysical factors controlling the occurrence of landslides in equatorial Africa. My main interests lie in susceptibility and hazard analysis of landslides using remote sensing techniques as well as field inventory. Gaining more insight to the triggering factors of landslides to better understand temporal occurrences of landslides is one of the major research goals. This PhD research is part of a larger project called AfReSlide which is centered around resilience strategies for landslides in equatorial Africa with a focus on Cameroon and Uganda

Ongoing projects:
I am currently involved in the AfReSlide project, a BELSPO funded inter-institutional cooperation between KU Leuven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). The main objective is identifying culturally, technically and economically feasible resilience strategies for landslides in equatorial Africa. I am taking care of the project section that focuses on the biophysical aspect of landslides, susceptibility and hazard analysis. My main study area is the Rwenzori region in Western Uganda.

Past projects:
2012-2013: Master project (1 year), KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. Supervisor: prof. Dirk Raes, Co-supervisor: prof. Muhtor Nasyrov (Samarkand State University, Uzbekistan). Title: “Modeling the effects of soil salinity on crops by AquaCrop.”


  • 2013 Price Ernest du Bois - thesis “For a thesis or doctorate on the theme of water and its availability on a global level”, King Baudouin Fund.