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Perrine Hamel
Assistant Professor
The Asian School of the Environment
College of Science

Perrine is an Assistant Professor at NTU’s Asian School of the Environment. Her research group examines how green infrastructure can contribute to creating resilient and inclusive cities in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining NTU, Perrine was a senior scientist at Stanford University with the Natural Capital Project, a global partnership aiming to integrate the benefits provided by nature into major societal decisions. There, she led the Livable Cities program, an initiative aiming to understand and elevate the role of nature in urban environments. Prior to her research on natural capital, Perrine has worked as an environmental engineer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and conducted her PhD research in the field of integrated urban water management. She holds a PhD from Monash University, Australia, and a Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering from Ecole Centrale Nantes, France.
Research Statement
Perrine’s research aims to illuminate the relationships between people and nature to promote nature-based solutions in urban planning decisions.  She studies the various services provided by natural infrastructure in urban and rural environments, with a particular interest in hydrologic services. Perrine has extensive experience in urban ecosystem services modelling and has led the development of several open-source models that support management decisions, now incorporated into the InVEST (integrated valuation of ecosystem services and tradeoffs) software. She has conducted natural capital assessments in partnership with environmental NGOs and public and private actors around the world, most recently in Latin America and South East Asia. Her research in Southeast Asia focuses on three themes: i) natural infrastructure for integrated urban water management, ii) climate vulnerability and urban resilience; and iii) incorporation of ecosystem-based management approaches into urban planning.
Research One-liner

My research aims to illuminate the relationships between people and nature to promote nature-based solutions in urban planning decisions.


1. Hamel, P., Mancebo F., Feger, C. & Hamel, S. “Cities: Incorporating Natural Capital into Urban Planning.” In: Green Growth That Works: Natural Capital Policy and Finance Mechanisms around the World, edited by L. Mandle, Z. Ouyang, J.E. Salzman, and G C Daily, 336pp. Island Press. (2019)

A recent book chapter providing examples of urban nature-based solutions in the places I’ve worked: the US, Australia, and France

2. Keeler, B.L., Hamel, P., et al. Social-ecological and technological factors moderate the value of urban nature. Nature Sustainability. 2(1) (2019)

A large synthesis of the benefits provided by urban nature, co-led with several colleagues from the Natural Capital Project, Stanford University

3. Hamel, P., Bryant, B.P. Uncertainty assessment in ecosystem services analyses: Common challenges and practical responses. Services. 24:1-15. (2017)

A critical, practice-oriented, perspective on modeling uncertainties in the field of ecosystem services (i.e. valuing nature for societal decisions)

Latest Projects

NRF Fellowship (2020-present): Creating resilient and inclusive cities in Asia-Pacific. 5-yr, 3M SGD grant to conduct research on urban nature-based solutions in Asia-Pacific

Chinese Academy of Sciences (2017-present): Intelligent Urban Ecosystems Modeling System. A long-term program led by the Natural Capital Project (Chinese Academy of Sciences) aiming to assess urban ecosystem services in major Chinese cities to inform urban planning policies.

Advice to young researchers

Be a T-shaped researcher: expert in one area, and capable of working in many areas. Being an expert in one thing helps establish your credibility and get in-depth understanding of an issue. Developing interdisciplinary skills helps you gain perspective and work on more meaningful projects.

Other affiliation(s)

Expert Areas
ecosystem services; urban water management;

Research Interests
urban resilience; integrated modeling; environmental justice; climate adaptation

Research Category
Natural Sciences
Research Sub-category
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Circular economy & waste reduction, Smart cities, smart nation & future living
Affiliated Sustainable Development Goals
GOAL 10: REDUCED INEQUALITIES – To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.
GOAL 11: SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES – There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.
GOAL 13: CLIMATE ACTION – Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Last Updated
11 May 2020
Last Updated
13 Sep 2020