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Juan Sebastian Canavera-Herrera

Juan Sebastian Canavera-Herrera

PhD Research Student

Queens' College
Silver Street

Cambridge , Cambridgeshire CB3 9ET


Juan is a Colombian Civil Engineering Professional graduated with the Degree of Honour from the National University of Colombia in 2014. He is a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Alumni and currently a scholar from the Rodolfo Llinas Scholarship awarded by the city of Bogotá, Colombia and from the Cambridge Trust Scholarship. He is a PhD Research Student of Cohort 2 in the Future Infrastructure and Built Environment Centre for Doctoral Training of the Engineering Department, where he also finished a Master in Research in 2016.

PhD Research Project: Roads to adaptation: Understanding adaptation planning of urban road infrastructure.

Supervisor: Dr Kristen MacAskill

Co-supervisors: Dr Alice Moncaster and Dr Stuart Haigh

Research Interests

  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Road engineering
  • Climate change governance
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Resilience and Sustainable Development
  • Multidisciplinary research in civil engineering

Other Professional Activities

  • Member of the Global Challenges Initiative
  • Member of the Cambridge University Geotechnical Society
  • Former President, University of Cambridge Colombian Society


Key Publications

  • CAÑAVERA HERRERA, J. S. (2020). Roads to adaptation: Understanding adaptation planning of urban road infrastructure. (Doctoral thesis).
  • CAÑAVERA HERRERA, J.S.; Haigh, S; MacAskill, K and Moncaster, Alice. (2019) A conceptual framework for understanding adaptation planning of urban road infrastructure. In: 26th World Road Congress, 6-10 Oct 2019, Abu Dhabi. (
  • CAÑAVERA HERRERA, J.S. and MacAskill, K. (2019). Identifying barriers and opportunities for adaptation planning of urban transport infrastructure: A case study of Bogotá, Colombia. In: 2nd International Conference on Natural Hazards and Infrastructure, 23-26 Jun 2019, Chania, Greece. (
  • Becerra Ayala, B., Cañavera Herrera, J. S., & Murillo Feo, C. A. (2015). Steel Fiber-Reinforced Concretes (SFRC) Use in Rigid Pavements Structures for High Transit Load Levels. In: 25th World Road Congress World Road Association (PIARC), 2-6 Nov 2015, Seoul (Korea). (