Transport Research Laboratory honorary chief scientist Mike Winter has been appointed as visiting industrial professor at the University of Portsmouth.
Winter will be working with scientists in the university’s Centre for Applied Geoscience and School of Earth and Environmental Sciences examining Chinese landslides and helping supervise PhD students’ work on the economics of natural hazards and risk models of hurricanes.
“This appointment is an important step in combining the research strengths and practical experience of both TRL and the University of Portsmouth in reducing vulnerabilities to natural disasters,” said University of Portsmouth pro-vice chancellor for research and innovation Pal Ahluwalia.
According to Centre for Applied Geoscience principal lecturer Andy Gibson added that “the appointment was an important step for the university in further integrating research and industry”.
“Winter brings his own extensive international reputation and experience which has clear synergies with our own,” said Gibson. “With this appointment, we will be able to expand and deepen our research especially in risk, networks and impact/remediation of hazards, but also in Winter’s other areas of rock and soil testing, construction technology, heritage conservation and climate change.
“In the short term we will develop our work in the UK and China and we hope to expand and grow the scope of the collaboration over the next five years.”