G. (Guy) Vanderschelde


Guy Vanderschelde, born in Belgium (1961), received his Master Degree -Industrial Electromechanical Engineering (Engineering College Antwerp) in 1983 and a similar Degree in Energy and Engineering (Engineering College Leuven) in 1985. In between those events, he studied at the Free University of Brussels and obtained the academic Master Degree in Safety and Security Technologies in 1984.

His first working experience was in the capacity of a Safety Engineer Trainee at the Nuclear Power Plant of Doel (B). As soon as Guy finished his obligatory tour of duty with the Belgian Air Force, he chose to pursue a career in the world of risk management, approaching this discipline in the largest meaning of the conceptual notion. His career up until now can be summarized into sixteen years as a Risk Control Engineer in Industrial Property Insurance, nine years as a Safety Assessor in the Nuclear World and five years for a Pharmaceutical Company (Head of HSSE), a Machinery Building Firm (Test Engineer Mobile Compressors) and a Large Bank (Risk Manager Corporate Buildings and Technical Installations for Belgium).

As a convinced adept of the 3L-principle (Long Life Learning), Guy earned qualifications in different fields of expertise over the years. Risk management, Facility management, Environmental impact assessment reporting, but also disciplines, like Real-estate valuation, Security management and Court-commissioned assessments became also his qualified working areas.

Some time ago, he felt the urge to crown his career with a PhD-study and followed therefore recently his promotor, Prof. dr. ir. Genserik Reniers, to the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Currently, Guy is still working full-time as a safety assessor for the technical safety organization (TSO) of the Federal Agency Nuclear Control in Belgium. His PhD work stays his own initiative and remains a challenge accepted, but not supported by his employer.

Given the fact that he’s working in the nuclear world, performing regulatory controls and preventing our society from possible impacts of the exploitation of nuclear installations, his research proposal originates, logically seen, in the world of the critical infrastructures. From this starting point on, his study evolves from a systematic approach to a systemic one, taking into account well-defined conditions and restrictions. The final result will be globally described as:

Systemic management of man-made disasters, based upon a deterministic approach of (beyond) design basis events.

  • Frederick Bonte, Nicolas Noterman, Guy Vanderschelde; Bel V R&D activities in the frame of improved understanding of fire behaviour in nuclear facilities; Eurosafe 2012
  • Guy Vanderschelde, Daniël Marloye, Rony Dresselaers; Implementing international security guidelines into the Belgian regulatory framework:practical issues Eurosafe 2012

Guy Vanderschelde

PhD candidate


Values, Technology and Innovation


Safety and Security Science

Monique Pijs 

Research interests:
Systemic and Systematic Risk Management
(Nuclear) Fire Safety Management
(Nuclear) Security Management
Decommissioning Risk Management (DRiMa)
Environmental Impact Assessment