Vulnerability and resilience of global port infrastructure and dependent supply-chains to natural disasters

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Academic Profile

Jasper's doctoral research, which is funded by the EPSRC, focuses on the vulnerability and resilience of global port infrastructure and dependent supply-chains to natural disasters. His research seeks to understand how economies and global supply-chains are dependent on ports and will result in the development of a methodological framework to quantify the potential macro-economic losses of port disruptions due to the extreme weather events or natural disasters. In his work, he combines a range of methodological approaches including geospatial analysis, remote sensing (detecting port assets using satellite imagery), big data and machine learning (using real-time vessel tracking data), and disaster and macro-economic impact modelling. His work aims to evaluate how ports, governments and businesses can adapt to the increasing risk of supply-chain disruptions in order to help strengthen the business case for making investments in improving supply-chain resilience. The outcomes of this research have been adopted by organisations such as the UN Statistical Division and the World Bank.

Apart from his PhD research, Jasper's research interests lay in quantifying the impacts of extreme events on natural and human systems using a range of modelling approaches. He has published research on the erosion risk to sandy beach systems in the Caribbean, the welfare losses due to tropical cyclones in coastal Bangladesh, and the food security impacts of an extreme drought in Southern Africa.

Background

Jasper holds a BSc and MSc, both with distinction, in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology with a specialisation in river and coastal engineering. He did part of his MSc in Singapore (National University of Singapore) as an exchange student. He further holds a MSc with distinction in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford. His past experiences include an internship at the Dutch Royal Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and an internship in Yangon, Myanmar, that focused on developing an integrated delta strategy for the Ayeyarwardy delta (funded by the Dutch Government). He is currently the Teaching Assistant (TA) of the Water Science, Policy and Management MSc.