Jan Husdal has since February 2012 been a Resilience Adviser with the Southern Region office of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens vegvesen Region sør) in Arendal, Norway. His day-to-day work centers on risk and vulnerability assessment of transport networks, contingency planning and crisis management exercises. He oversees that the state-managed road network is planned, built, operated and maintained so that it can function 24/7/365, and thus ensure societal safety and societal security, i.e. resilience.
He is the founder a husdal.com, a personal undertaking serving as a Internet gateway to journal articles, research papers, books, websites and other resources in Supply Chain Risk, Business Continuity, Transportation Vulnerability and Transportation GIS, collected, evaluated and reviewed by himself.
In 2010 he became involved with ISCRiM, an international network of selected researchers and academics in supply chain risk management.
Jan Husdal holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from Norway (1985) and an MSc with distinction in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from the University of Leicester, UK (2000).
Prior to his current position he was a Research Geographer with the Transport Economics Research Group at Møreforsking Molde in Molde, Norway, for 5 years, where he was engaged in cost-benefit evaluations and impact assessments of infrastructure projects, mainly related to roads and airports.
In his earlier career he served as a government adviser in vulnerability assessment, safe community planning and crisis management with several Norwegian government authorities for more than 15 years.
Since 2005 he has served as a member on the program committee on European Policy and Research with the Association for European Transport, AET, reviewing papers submitted for the annual European Transport Conference, ETC. He has also served on the scientific committee for the MITIP 2009 and MITIP 2010conference and will also do so for the upcoming MITIP2011 conference.
He has served as a referee for articles submitted to Transportation Science, Transport Policy, Transportation Research C, and presented papers on supply chain risk and transportation vulnerability at various conferences since 2004.
He is also a frequent discussion and blog contributor to the Kinaxis Supply Chain Expert Community.
His personal research interests, conference presentations and publications are centred on topics related to
- supply chain risk
- business continuity
- transportation network vulnerability
- geographic information systems in transportation
- virtual enterprise networks
Most recent publication: Husdal, J. (2010) A Conceptual Framework for Risk and Vulnerability in Virtual Enterprise Networks. In: S Ponis (Ed.) Managing Risk in Virtual Enterprise Networks: Implementing Supply Chain Principles. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.