Elco Koks has been working as a post-doctoral researcher within the Environmental Change Institute in the University of Oxford since 2017, focusing on the global infrastructure networks, disaster impact analysis and risk analysis. He received his MSc degree in Spatial Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a PhD in Disaster Impact Modelling at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
His research interests are in the field of disaster impact modelling, spatial economics, climate change and risk assessments. One of his specialities is the modelling of the economy-wide consequences of disasters on both a regional and interregional level, with a specific focus on industrial areas and critical infrastructure. In addition, one of the key elements in his research is to connect widely applied biophysical models to macroeconomic disaster impact models. Such integrated frameworks allow for better evaluation of both current and future disaster risk, and are of significant value in assessing the effects of disaster risk reduction measures and climate adaptation strategies. Elco has experience in modelling the effects of various disasters and extreme weather events, varying from hail and windstorms to floods and droughts. Due to the scope of his research, he has obtained a wide knowledge of macroeconomic modelling, risk analysis, disaster impact analysis and geographic information systems (GIS). Besides the current focus on global infrastructure risk assessment, he will continue to work on the behaviour of businesses after a disaster and how this can be incorporated into disaster impact models.