Surender Raj V, M.Tech


Surender Raj is a Ph.D. candidate in the Water and Climate Risk (WCR) department at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research interests include infrastructure resilience, vulnerability modeling, and the economic impacts of natural disasters.

He completed his bachelor’s degree in Civil engineering from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. He did his master’s in Civil Engineering (specialization in Structural Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, and his thesis focussed on strategies to improve power infrastructure resilience on the eastern coast of India. Before joining IVM, he worked with Impact Forecasting - AON as a flood vulnerability model developer, where he developed flood damage functions and business interruption (BI) loss functions to serve (re)insurance purposes.

His current research focusses on quantifying the macro economic impacts of infrastructure failures due to natural hazards.


Year Programme University
2023-now    PhD - Economic impacts of infrastructure failure    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2018-2021 M.Tech Civil Engineering Indian Institue of Technology Gandhinagar
2014-2018 B.E Civil Engineering PSG College of Technology

Working Experience

Year Job Title Place
2023-now PhD Researcher Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2022-2023    Flood vulnerability model developer    Impact Forecasting - AON
2021-2022    Engineer - Strcutural Engineering Thornton Tomasetti

Research projects

Year Project Role Funder
2023-now    MIRACA    PhD Researcher    HORIZON-MISS-2021-CLIMA-02-03


  1. Cyclone preparedness strategies for regional power transmission systems in data-scarce coastal regions of India
    Surender V Raj, Udit Bhatia, and Manish Kumar
    International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 2022