Caroline Evans, principal economist for Arcadis’s Melbourne infrastructure advisory team has been appointed to the position of chair technical committee – climate change and resilience of road network, as part of the next World Road Association (PIARC) cycle commencing in 2020-2023.

Evans is currently an Australian representative and working group leader for the technical committee on adaptation strategies and resilience for the 2016-2019 cycle.  She has led state-of-the-art case study analysis of adaptation strategies and methodologies to increase the resilience of road infrastructure at the policy, strategic, system level and project-specific level; and contributed to the refinement of an International Climate Change Adaptation Framework for Road Infrastructure.

She has also presented at the 26th World Road Congress: Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies (6th – 11th October), which aims at sharing worldwide techniques, innovations, trends and developments, best practices and experiences in the fields of road, infrastructures and transport between ministers, governments, private sector, road and transport administrations and organisations, academics, solutions providers, experts and practitioners from all countries across the world.  

“It is an incredible honour to chair the upcoming PIARC Technical Committee on Climate Change and Resilience of Road Network. This is a reflection of global trends in the need to adopt more resilient approaches to the management of climate change impacts on road networks, and provide a positive legacy for future generations,” says Evans.