Damien Serre is a leading researcher in urban flood resilience and risk management in Europe. He recently founded his own company, RESCUESolutions SAS (Resilience Engineering, Science of Complexity, Urban Environment), which aims to design methodologies and tools capable of assessing different type of risks and producing more resilient cities. His research asks how cities can bring the concepts of resilience and complexity to bear on the management of risks and infrastructure, and seeks to translate the input of risk managers, architects, urban planners, and city populations into an efficient strategy for capacity building. He has led several large studies for the European Union, is coordinator of “Paris résiliente,” and was scientific director of RESILIS, a research project to improve urban resilience.
“I strongly believe in floating cities as a means to design more resilient cities or new territories unexplored at this time. The Seasteading Institute is very innovative in this domain, and given my background and business I can’t stay outside this original initiative.”