Guest Research Scholar
Exploratory Modeling of Human-natural Systems Research Group
Advancing Systems Analysis
BiographyAnna Timonina joined IIASA's Risk, Policy and Vulnerability Program in 2012. She currently conducts the research devoted to regional interdependencies between losses after natural disasters with a focus on food risk in Europe, where extreme food events usually affect many countries at once. This work is being pursued in line with the ENHANCE project for the purposes of the European Solidarity Fund. In line with the Insurance for Adaptation project, she examines the efficiency and equity of available and alternative strategies and options for transferring disaster risk in Austria and Europe, as well as their link with risk reduction and adaptation.
Dr. Timonina received her PhD degree in Statistics and Operations Research at the University of Vienna in April 2014. Her dissertation is devoted to the numerical solution of multi-stage stochastic optimization problems, for which she develops numerical algorithms of approximation of continuous-state stochastic processes by scenario trees.
In 2011, Dr. Timonina graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University) with a specialization in applied mathematics and physics. During the course of her studies in Moscow, she pursued research in the field of systems analysis at the Institute for Control Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences that brought her scientific interests to the topics of stochastic optimization and approximation, and adaptive and robust systems. From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Timonina participated in the cooperative educational program in financial economics of the Higher School of Economics (Russia) and the London School of Economics, where she broadened her interests in the fields of investments, insurance, risk-management, and behavior economics.
Her specific interests include the development of strategies for risk-management of catastrophic events; the impacts of natural hazards and climate change on societies and their environments; as well as insurance and investment governmental strategies in the multi-period environment. During the summer of 2011, she was a participant in IIASA's Young Scientists Summer Program, where she was granted the Mikhalevich Award 2011 for the quality of her research that was devoted to Optimal Strategies for Risk-Management of Catastrophic Events. Dr. Timonina has several publications in the areas of her expertise and has presented her work at international conferences (for example, CMS 2012 in London, IFAC 2011 in Milan, and several conferences in Russia). At the CMS 2013 conference in Montreal she was granted the Best Student Paper Prize for her PhD research.
Last update: 07 APR 2014