Name: Genserik L.L. Reniers

Expertise: safety management, security management, domino accidents, risk analysis procedures, prevention policy in case of major accidents or substantial threats, knock-on accident prevention, prevention management, process safety, process security, cross-company prevention in the chemical industry, multiple plant safety and security cultures, collaboration within industrial areas, transportation of hazardous materials

Winner of the Trevor Kletz Merit Award 2017 for advancing process safety; Award from the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, A&M University, Texas, USAEditor of the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries; see

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Genserik Reniers obtained a Master's degree in chemical engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and received his PhD in Applied Economic Sciences from the University of Antwerp. He was appointed as a Full Professor at the Safety and Security Science Group of the Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands. At the University of Antwerp in Belgium, he is a Full professor in a part-time capacity lecturing Technological Risk Management. At the Brussels campus of the KU Leuven, Belgium, he lectures as a professor, Engineering Risk Management and Advanced Engineering Risk Management. His main research interests concern the collaboration surrounding safety and security topics and socio-economic optimization within the chemical industry. He coordinates the Antwerp Research Group on Safety and Security, unifying multi-disciplinary safety and security research at the University of Antwerp. He has extensive experience in leading research projects funded both by government and chemical industry.

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Genserik Reniers is als burgerlijk scheikundig ingenieur en doctor in de Toegepaste Economische Wetenschappen verbonden als Hoogleraar aan de TU Delft in Nederland, bij de Safety and Security Science Group. Aan de Campus Brussel van de KULeuven doceert hij ondermeer Engineering Risk Management en Advanced Engineering Risk Management. Aan de Universiteit Antwerpen (UA) doceert hij als hoogleraar Technologisch risicomanagement. Zijn belangrijkste onderzoeksinteresses gaan uit naar veiligheid en beveiliging in de chemische industrie en alle ermee gepaard gaande socio-economische optimalisaties. Hij coördineert de onderzoeksgroep ARGoSS (Antwerp Research Group on Safety and Security) aan de UA, die multidisciplinaire studies naar veiligheid en beveiliging uitvoert. Hij heeft uitgebreide ervaring met onderzoeksprojecten zowel uitgaande van de overheid als op vraag van de chemische industriële sector.

Newest publications accepted for publication: other (published) publications: see 'publicaties' or 'publications'): 

  • Genserik Reniers, Wim Hardyns, Marlies Sas.- Omgaan met security als preventieadviseur. Book publication accepted for publication (2017) by Wolters-Kluwer.
  • Peter Schmitz, Paul Swuste, Genserik Reniers, Karolien van Nunen.- Een praktische aanpak voor het voorspellen van majeure ongevallen in de procesindustrie op basis van de barriere status op scenario niveau.- Accepted for publication (2020) in: Tijdschrift voor Toegepaste Arbowetenschap.
  • Paul Lindhout, Genserik Reniers.- Reflecting on the safety zoo: Developing an integrated pandemics barrier model using early lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic.- Accepted for publication (2020) in: Safety Science.
  • Glenn Scheerlinck, Caroline Buts, Genserik Reniers, Marc Cools.- The impact of regulation on private security industry dynamics. Accepted for publication (2020) in: European Journal of Law and Economics.
  • Jianfeng Zhou, Genserik Reniers.- Domino Effect Analysis Using a Matrix Based Simulation Approach. Accepted for publication (2020) in: Risk Analysis.
  • Chao Chen, Genserik Reniers.- Safety and security of oil and gas pipeline transportation: A systematic analysis of research trends and future needs using WoS. Accepted for publication (2020) in: Journal of Cleaner Production.
  • Francisco Brocal, Nicola Paltrinieri, Cristina Gonzalez Gaya, Miguel Perez, Genserik Reniers.- Approach to the selection of strategies for emerging risk management considering uncertainty as the main decision variable in occupational contexts. Accepted for publication (2020) in: Safety Science.
  • Marlies Sas, Genserik Reniers, Karolien Van Nunen, Wim Hardyns, Koen Ponnet.- Adequaat risicomanagement voor fysieke beveiliging: het gebruik van modellen en metaforen gebaseerd op kennis uit het veiligheidsdomein.- Accepted for publication (2020) in: Tijdschrift voor Toegepaste Arbowetenschap.
  • Hao Sun, Ming Yang, Haiqing Wang, Genserik Reniers (2020).- On the application of the window of opportunity and complex network to risk analysis of process plants operations during a pandemic. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries.68, 104322.
  • Paul Lindhout, Genserik Reniers.- Reducing Unknown Risk: The Safety Engineers’ New Horizon.  Accepted for publication (2020) in: Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries.
  • Marlies Sas, Koen Ponnet, Genserik Reniers, Wim Hardyns.- Nudging as a crime prevention strategy: the use of nudges to improve cyclists’ locking behavior and reduce the opportunities for bicycle theft. Accepted for publication (2021) in: Security Journal.
  • Peter Schmitz, Genserik Reniers, Paul Swuste (2021).- Determining a realistic ranking of the most dangerous process equipment of the ammonia production process: A practical approach. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries 70, 104395.
  • Federica Ovidi, Laobing Zhang, Gabriele Landucci, Genserik Reniers (2021).- Agent-based model and simulation of mitigated domino scenarios in chemical tank farms. Reliability Engineering and System Safety 209, 107476.
  • Chao Chen, Genserik Reniers (2021).- A Thorough Classification and Discussion of Approaches for Modeling and Managing Domino Effects in the Process Industries. Accepted for publication (2021) in: Safety Science.
  • Chao Chen, Genserik Reniers (2021).- A dynamic multi-agent approach for modeling the evolution of multi-hazard accident scenarios in chemical plants. Accepted for publication (2021) in: Reliability Engineering and System Safety.
  • Tao Zeng, Guohua Chen, Genserik Reniers, Yunfeng Yang (2021).- Methodology for quantitative risk analysis of domino effects triggered by flood. Process Safety and Environmental Protection 147, p. 866-877.
  • Jianfeng Zhou, Genserik Reniers (2021).- Petri net simulation of multi-department emergency response to avert domino effects in chemical industry accidents. Process Safety and Environmental Protection 146, p. 916-926.
  • Riemersma Ben; Künneke Rolf; Reniers Genserik; Correljé Aad (2020).- Upholding Safety in Future Energy Systems: The Need for Systemic Risk Assessment.- Energies, 13(24), 6523.
  • Marlies Sas, Wim Hardyns, Genserik Reniers, Koen Ponnet.-Unravelling college students’ fear of crime: the role of perceived social disorder and physical disorder on campus.- Accepted for publication (2020) in: British Journal of Educational Studies.
  • Esmaeil Zarei, Azim Karimi, Ehsanollah Habibi, Abdullah Barkhordari, Genserik Reniers (2021).- Dynamic occupational accidents modeling using dynamic hybrid Bayesian confirmatory factor analysis: An in-depth psychometrics study.- Safety Science 136, 105146.
  • Tao Zeng, Guohua Chen, Yunfeng Yang, Genserik Reniers, Yixin Zhao and Xia Liu (2020).- A Systematic Literature Review on Safety Research Related to Chemical Industrial Parks, Sustainability12(14), 5753.
  • Jie Li, Floris Goerlqndt, Genserik Reniers (2021).- An overview of scientometric mapping for the safety science community: Methods, tools, and framework.- Safety Science 134, 105093.
  • Marlies Sas, Wim Hardyns, Sarah Anrijs, Viktor Benschop, Genserik Reniers, Koen Ponnet.-Kiezen voor een hogeschool of universiteit: een kwestie van 'the safest choice'?.- Accepted for publicatiuon (2020) in: Tijdschrift Onderwijsrecht en Onderwijsbeleid.
  • Francisco Brocal, Nicola Paltrinieri, Cristina Gonzalez-Gaya, Miguel Sebastian, Genserik Reniers.- Approach to the selection of strategies for emerging risk management considering uncertainty as the main decision variable in occupational contexts. Safety Science 134, 105041.
  • Genserik Reniers (2020).- Weg met de zondebok. Het Pad naar een veel veiligere chemiesector.- Chemische Logistiek Magazine 4, p 23-24.
  • Genserik Reniers (2021).- 10 jaar na Chemie-Pack. Nationale en regionale lessons learnt en bodemsanering met bacteriën.- Accepted for publication (2021) in: Process Control.
  • Jie Li, floris Goerlandt, Karolien Van Nunen; Genserik Reniers.- Safety and Security research: identifying similarities and differences using scientometric analysis methods.- Accepted for publication (2021) in: Journal of Integrated Security and Safety Science.
  • Yuri Di Martino, Santiago Duque, Genserik Reniers, Valerio Cozzani.- Making the chemical and process industries more sustainable: Innovative decision-making framework to incorporate technological and non-technological Inherently Safer Design (ISD).- Accepted for publication (2021) in: Journal of Cleaner Production.
  • Hao Sun, Ming Yang, Genserik Reniers.- Towards limiting potential domino effects from single flammable substance release in chemical complexes by risk-based shut down of critical nearby process units.- Accepted for publication (2021) in: Process Safety and Environmental Protection.