Lecturer, Department of Environment & Geography
Paul has a BSc in Economics from the University of Manchester, a MSc in Economics from the University of Tilburg, an MA in Economics from Université catholique de Louvain. He completed his PhD at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on the use of insurance to boost disaster resilience between 2013 and 2017. After which Paul joined the University of Potsdam’s Risk research group in the Institute of Environmental sciences and Geography between 2017 and 2021. Finally, Paul joined the University of York’s Department of Environment and Geography in September 2021 as a Lecturer in Environmental Economics. Paul is a generalist researcher specialising in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation work, and how we can proactively reduce the impacts of disasters and climate change on peoples' lives and wellbeing today and the future. This work ranges from the development of sustainable insurance systems, to the employment of property-level protection measures, the use of nature-based solutions and nature restoration as a method of creating inclusive resilience and disaster risk reduction, to a growing strand of research on the intangible impacts of disasters and urban planning.