Paul is a first-year Ph.D. candidate ( Fall 2018) at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs of Princeton University. His research concerns focus on natural hazard risk assessment, infrastructure system breakdown, and their interrelationship with the design of policy. In the context of complex, non-linear processes he is particularly interested in how decision-makers’ perceptions and responses evolve with scientific risk data.
Within the STEP program, Paul looks to investigate the dynamics of cascading effects through interconnected natural and anthropic systems subsequent to climate change exacerbated hazard occurrences; for example how certain flooding scenarios might lead to a potential triggering of successive functional shutdowns of telecommunications and electrical grids. And for this, he is interested in the mapping of critical points and factors that tend to lead to them generating failure down the line, drawing on archival case studies data; and using this towards better understanding and improving current frameworks. Ultimately his aim is to integrate these studies of collapses towards evaluating coastal communities’ vulnerabilities with respect to global warming-amplified risks and how their adaptation potential may be more effectively managed.
Prior to coming to Princeton Paul took part in a United Nations course on disaster mapping, as well an excursion to the Aeolian Islands to investigate societal vulnerability in relation to active volcanism. As part of his master's degree internship he traveled to Zimbabwe, seeing first hand the economic and political issues that face small ore miners. He graduated with a BSc. in Geology and a MSc. in Geology with an emphasis in risk management from the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva.