Jasper Verschuur is a Postdoctoral Researcher within the Oxford Programme for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (OPSIS) group at the Environmental Change Institute (University of Oxford) and currently part of the Oxford Martin School Programme on Systemic Resilience. Jasper holds a BSc and MSc, both with distinction, in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology and a MSc with distinction in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford. Jasper received his DPhil in Geography and the Environment in 2022 with his thesis focused on global climate risks to port infrastructure and maritime trade.

Jasper's research combines knowledge from climate analysis, critical infrastructure modelling, economics and system analysis. He is mainly interested in quantifying global system interactions of infrastructure, trade and supply-chains networks and the risks posed to these networks from climate-related extremes or other disasters. His research aims to identify policies to promote resilience and sustainability within these coupled systems.

I work mainly in the following fields:

  • Maritime transport and disruption analysis
  • Maritime transport decarbonisation
  • Risks to global food security and food trade
  • Infrastructure climate risk and resilience analysis
  • Adaptation of climate risks, including equity aspects of adaptation

Jasper works closely with various international organisations. He is a consultant for the World Bank Maritime Team and Bangladesh country office. Further, he does consultancy work for the International Transport Forum at the OECD, and works closely together with colleagues at the IMF on the development of a global platform to monitor trade-related disruption from space (called PortWatch).