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Juan Sebastian Canavera Herrera, FIBE Cohort 2 PhD student, wins UK Prize for Young Professionals for the XXVI World Road Congress - Abu Dhabi 2019

Cohort 2 PhD student Juan Sebastian Canavera Herrera was recently awarded the UK Prize for Young Professionals for the XXVI World Road Congress - Abu Dhabi 2019 at the House of Commons in the Palace of Westminster. The award was presented to Juan during an event from the UK National Committee of the World Road Association in preparation for the XXVI World Road Congress happening in Abu Dhabi on October 2019. The event was hosted by MP Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport of the United Kingdom, and included interventions from the Ambassador of the UAE and Hugh Gillies, Director of Roads of Transport Scotland. The awards were presented to the winners by Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.

Juan was awarded this prize thanks to a paper he submitted to the World Road Congress with his supervisors Dr Kristen MacAskill, Dr Alice Moncaster and Dr Stuart Haigh. The paper titled “A conceptual framework for understanding adaptation planning of urban road infrastructure” presents a conceptual framework called the “Expanded Adaptation Action Cycles” (EAAC) developed by Juan in his PhD project. The framework provides an overview of how a city might go through an adaptation planning process and can be used as a diagnostic tool to understand where a city is in this cycle. It reveals what adaptation paths might be available and identify barriers and opportunities to certain pathways. Juan will be presenting the paper in an oral presentation and in a poster session at the XXVI World Road Congress this October in Abu Dhabi.

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