Camille André, winner of the 2015 CCR Outstanding Thesis Award
In an effort to encourage research in the area of knowledge of natural disaster risks as well as the application of such knowledge to insurance and to risk prevention, CCR created the Outstanding Thesis Award.
The purpose of the award is to reward a doctoral thesis in this area that constitutes innovative, detailed and original research and provides insight on the theoretical aspects and practical issues associated with the thesis topic.
For this first edition of the award, the jury was comprised of:
• Mr. Alberto Monti (Chairman), Associate Professor of Comparative Law, Institute for Advanced Study Pavia, Italy (Scuola Universitaria Superiore Pavia - IUSS-Pavia) and a member of the OECD High Level Advisory Board on the Financial Management of Large-Scale Catastrophes.
• Mr. Emmanuel Garnier, Natural Catastrophe Historian, Director of Research, the National Scientific Research Center (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS) and La Rochelle University (UMR LIENSs, La Rochelle)
• Mr. John Douglas, Seismology Expert, Geological and Mining Resources Institute (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières - BRGM)
• Mr. Philippe Dandin, Deputy Director of Scientific Research, Météo France
• Ms. Isabelle Braud, Director of Research and Team Manager, National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (Institut National de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l’Environnement et l’Agriculture -IRSTEA)
• Mr. Christian Robert, University Professor and Laboratory Director SAF, French Institute of Financial Science and Insurance (Institut de Science Financière et d'Assurances - ISFA)
The jury decided to attribute the Award to Camille André for his thesis "Analysis of coastal flooding damage and assessment of induced costs on residential buildings, based on insurance data: insights gained from Johanna (2008) and Xynthia (2010) storm events".
The jury was particularly sensitive to the use of insurance-related data in the context of a public Nat Cat thesis, to the successful application of and important association with insurance, as well as to the innovative aspect of anticipating coastal flood risk.
The award winner, Camille André, studied geoscience and majored in coastal studies and natural risks. In 2013 he supported a doctorate thesis in geography for which he won the 2015 CCR Outstanding Thesis Award. Thesis work was conducted at the University of Western Brittany and the Geological and Mining Resources Institute (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières - BRGM). It was financed by the MAIF Foundation. The aim of the thesis is to analyze coastal flooding damage thanks to insurance data gained from the Johanna (2008) and Xynthia (2010) storm events, then use these data as a basis for modeling loss forecasts. Mr. André completed studies at the LAMETA joint research unit of the University of Economics in Montpelier and at EID Méditerranée also in Montpelier, in areas that include the relocalization of businesses and property and the cost-to-benefit analysis of programs for the prevention of erosion and coastal flooding risks. In Mai 2015, he joined a public interest group, the GIP Littoral Aquitain, an operational unit enabling the joint piloting of integration policy for coastal areas. Mr. André is responsible for the updating of regional strategy and the support of local strategies for coastal risk management.
A cash prize of € 5,000 as well as a diploma were awarded to Mr. André on June 4, 2015 at the time of the 6th CCR "CAT Day".
Analysis of coastal flooding damage and assessment of induced costs on residential buildings, based on insurance data: insights gained from Johanna (2008) and Xynthia (2010) storm events".Read online