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Elco Koks is an Associate Professor within the Water and Climate Risk group at the Institute for Environmental Studies (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). His research combines knowledge from disaster impact modelling, critical infrastructure, network analysis and macroeconomics.

Over the past years he has worked on several projects related to disaster impact modelling, climate change and economics in the context of national (ITRC-MISTRAL (UK), Knowledge for Climate in (NL)) and EU research projects (WISC, ENHANCE, MYRIAD-EU). Besides, he has worked on climate adaptation programs in the port of Rotterdam (Waterveiligheid Botlek) and Amsterdam (Waterbestendig Westpoort). In 2019, he received the prestigious VENI grant from the Netherlands Scientific Organisation (NWO). He currently leads the Horizon Europe MIRACA project, a Work Package within the H2020 CoCliCo project on object-detection infrastructure assets on satellite imagery, and a Work Package within the H2020 RECEIPT project on adaptation of coastal infrastructure.

He currently supervises eight PhDs that work on the interplay of critical infrastructure risk modelling, network analysis and economic impact analysis.

One of his own specialties is the modelling of the economy-wide consequences of disasters on both a regional and interregional level, focusing on industrial impacts and infrastructure systems. One of the key elements in his research is to integrate natural disaster models with macroeconomic impact models. He has developed various disaster impact models, of which several are publicly available through GitHub (https://github.com/ElcoK).


2016: PhD Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2011: MSc STREEM (Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2010: BSc Earth and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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