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Paul is an Environmental Economist who works in a very interdisciplinary manner. He has studied in the UK (University of Manchester), Belgium (Université catholique de Louvain) and the Netherlands (Tilburg university) studying economics at various levels. He completed his PhD research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with a thesis entitled “The use of insurance to improve flood resilience”, before moving to the University of Potsdam (Germany) as a post-doctoral researcher before joining the University of York as a Lecturer in Environmental Economics in September 2021. Where I am also the programme leader for our MSc Environmental Economics and Environmental Management (EEEM) programme.
I am very interested in using environmental economics as a basis for work on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management, with a focus on flooding. This is because disasters are a complex problem that need to be managed and addressed from multiple perspectives and understandings to be able correctly help society weather the negative impacts that they present. A problem that is only going to worsen because of Climate Change, the way people approach complex problems, and the consequences of economic development.
My research is focused upon the joint problems of Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management. This has involved a great deal of interdisciplinary research. My focus is on flooding, but much of my research can be applied to a wide range of different types of disasters as well. This has rendered me as a generalist across many spheres within disaster risk management. The main topics that I conduct research on are as follows:
I am happy to consider PhD and Master thesis students across all of these areas.