Paolo De Luca

Loughborough University


Interactions between flood and subsidence events in the UK


Dr. John Hillier, Prof. Rob Wilby, Dr. Kate Royse, Dr. Gregor Leckebusch

PhD Summary

Natural hazards interactions represent at the moment a topic not yet completely understood and which is growing with importance. My PhD project will investigate the interactions between flood and subsidence events in the UK by using as a ‘sensor’ the economic losses caused in the past by these two perils. Once the possible interactions will be quantified, also their origin will be addressed by correlating economic loss data with weather patterns. Finally, diverse multi-risk (e.g. catastrophe) models will be created by considering different strengths of interactions and hopefully by including the 2100 Climate Change scenario.

What inspires you?

Since the start of my academic studies I always been fascinated by all the diverse types of natural hazards and their possible impacts on our society. In particular, I was inspired by their beautiful but at the same time dangerous manifestations (e.g. volcanic eruptions) which prove that nature cannot be controlled and that challenge the everyday life of scientists.

Previous Activity

Before the start of my PhD I completed a BSc in ‘Civil Protection Activities’ at University of Perugia (Italy) and a MSc in ‘Environmental Sustainability and Civil Protection’ at Polytechnic University of Marche (Italy). Both courses gave me a very multidisciplinary background in science with a focus on natural hazards, DRR, emergency management, civil protection and environmental sustainability. I had also the opportunity and pleasure to complete my BSc and MSc research theses respectively at INGV – Rome (Italy) and Hamburg University – Meteorological Institute (Germany).

Why did you choose Docotoral Research?

I started my academic studies with not a clear idea about my future, but with time I always been more involved and passionate about the subjects to decide to continue my studies with a PhD, which is also necessary if a person wants to remain in the academic environment. Therefore, I would say that passion, commitment, future plans and a bit of insanity are the main drivers of my choice.

Why did you choose a CENTA Studentship?

With a CENTA studentship you have access to a really wide and various training opportunities, to a generous amount of money to spend in conferences, extra training and items related to your research and to a nice cohort of colleagues with whom you can share your ideas.

What are your future plans

I believe that pursuing a PhD in a UK university is a privilege that not all people have the possibility to reach. Therefore, during my research, I hope to gain as much academic skills as possible, be able to present my work at national and international conferences, publish 2-3 academic articles and most important to become an independent researcher. My future plans are to remain in the academic environment and to give important contributions to science, which will be useful for our society.