Degree completed in 2016.

Reducing the risk of failure in interdependent national infrastructure network systems

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Academic Profile

Scott is a doctoral student at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and is supported by the EPSRC and the engineering consultancy ARUP. His research is affiliated with the ITRC project and focuses on reducing the risks associated with infrastructure system failures due to extreme climatic events.

Working together with HM Treasury and the Committee on Climate Change he has developed methods and analysis that identify vulnerable assets and geographic areas of infrastructure criticality within Great Britain. Following a successful EPSRC Impact Accelerator Award, Scott is working with National Grid on translating theoretical developments into a tool to support their business needs.

Alongside interaction with industrial and governmental partners, Scott has been an active member of the academic community and was presented the 'Young Scientist Award' for his paper on Vulnerability Characterization of Future National Electricity Networks at the Second International Conference on Vulnerability and Risk Analysis and Management (ICVRAM 2014).

Research Interests

  • Multi-scale infrastructure systems
  • Complex networks
  • Vulnerability and risk analysis

Current Research

Current Teaching

Publications

  • Thacker, S., Pant, R., Hall, J. "Characterizing the Vulnerability of Future Configurations of the UK's Electricity Network Infrastructure to Climate-Related Hazards". Second International Conference on Vulnerability and Risk Analysis and Management (ICVRAM2014), Liverpool, UK, July 2014. Recipient of the conference's 'Young Scientist Award'.
  • Hu, X., Hall, J., Thacker, S. "Too Big to Fail? The Spatial Vulnerability of the Chinese Infrastructure System to Flooding Risks". Second International Conference on Vulnerability and Risk Analysis and Management (ICVRAM2014), Liverpool, UK, July 2014.
  • Thacker, S., Hall, J. "Vulnerability of Multi-scale Interdependent Infrastructure Networks to Climatic Hazards". Network of Networks: Systemic Risk and Infrastructural Interdependencies conference (NetONets), Berkeley, USA, June 2014.
  • Thacker, S., Pant, R., Hall, J.W., Barr, S., Alderson, S. "Building Interdependent Infrastructure Networks and Customer Assignment Models for Understanding Spatial Demands". The future of national infrastructure systems & economic prosperity conference, Cambridge, UK, March 2014.
  • Pant, R., Hall, J.W., Thacker, S., Barr, S., Alderson, D. "National scale risk analysis of interdependent infrastructure network failures due to extreme hazards". Working paper. ITRC/University of Oxford, Newcastle University, January 2014.
  • Pant, R., Thacker, S., Hall, J.W., Barr, S., Alderson, D. "Building an integrated assessment methodology for critical infrastructure risk assessment. Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting, Maryland, US, December 2013.
  • Thacker, S., Pant, R., Hall, J.W. "Characterizing the vulnerability of the UK's electricity supply chain hierarchy to climate related hazards". Network of Networks: Systemic Risk and Infrastructural Interdependencies conference (NetONets), Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2013.
  • Pant, R., Thacker, S., Hall, J., Barr, S., Alderson, D. "Analyzing interdependent infrastructure provisions under extreme climate risk". International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure (ISNGI), Wollongong, Australia, 2013.
  • Thacker, S., Hall, J. "Interdependent Infrastructure Failure and Flood Risk in the UK". Network of Networks: Systemic Risk and Infrastructural Interdependencies conference (NetONets), NorthWestern University, USA, June 2012.