Henk Jan Verhagen graduated in 1978 in Coastal Engineering at Delft University, department of Civil Engineering. After a career in consultancy and work for the Netherlands Ministry of Public Works, he joined in 1991 Unesco-IHE, where he set up a short course in coastal zone management, and was responsible for the coastal engineering programme.

In 2000 he became associate professor at Delft University of Technology with focus on shoreline protection and coastal zone management. He teaches bed, bank and shoreline protection, as well as breakwater design. He is involved in several research projects related to shoreline protection.

Especially during the employment with the Netherlands government, he was confronted with the fact that managing a coast involves not only civil engineering aspects, but that decision making on the user functions in the coastal zone is often more complicated to achieve that a technical solution for a single aspect. Also it is clear that technical solutions, when not supported by proper decision making on beforehand, will not be accepted by the public, and consequently often considered as "failures", although from a technical point of view, the solution works properly.

research interest

Coastal protection structures, like breakwaters and dikes.
Coastal protection using vegetation (mangroves, reed).

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Associate professor at the Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology.


MSc in Coastal Engineering, Delft University of Technology


Civil Engineering and Geosciences


  • Salauddin, M , Broere, A , Meer, JW van der, Verhagen, HJ , Bijl, E (2015). A new symmetrical unit for breakwater armour: First tests. s.n., E (Eds.) Proceedings of the 7th coastal structures conference (ASCE-COPRI) (pp. 1-12) s.l.: ASCE - COPRI.
  • Doorn, R van, Blokland, T , Uijttewaal, WSJ , Vellinga, T , Verhagen, HJ , Verheij, HJ (2013). Bow thruster currents at open quay constructions on piles., Delft: Delft University of Technology.
  • Zoon, A , Olthof, J , Stive, MJF , Verhagen, HJ (2013). Cobble sea defence: Hydraulic interface stability of sand underlying a single filter layer., Delft: Delft University of Technology.
  • Le, TH , Verhagen, HJ (2014). Damage to grass covered slopes due to overtopping. Lynett, P (Eds.) Proceedings of 34th conference on coastal engineering Vol 1 Coastal Engineering Proceedings (pp. 1-14) s.l.: Coastal Engineering Research Council.
  • Verhagen, HJ (2013). EMS wave logger data processing., Communications on Hydraulic and Geotechnical Engineering, 2013 (031), 1-35.

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