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Joint working opportunities

We support short placements for early career researchers to work more closely with policy and practice, and for stakeholders to get more involved in the co-production of evidence. The aim is to enhance the value and use of research outputs.

Current placements

Urban heat vulnerability mapping

UCL, September 2016 to December 2016

Research on the combined effects of housing, the urban heat island and population age on heat-related mortality, initially focused on London, is now being expanded to cover other regions and climate and housing scenarios. This work with Hounslow London Borough Council will help quantify the heat-related risk for individuals, and options for mitigating this risk. The aim is to develop a tool that will enable local councils and government to evaluate local health risks and to identify the dwellings and locations where heat risk may be elevated.

Completed placements

Innovative urban flood risk management for UK cities

University of Leeds, December 2015 to June 2016

Working with the Flooding and environmental modelling team at BMT WBM, and building on Blue-Green Cities and SESAME project outputs, the aim is to provide improved flood risk assessment methods for urban areas which take account of both pluvial and fluvial flooding.

Built Infrastructure for Older People’s Care in Conditions of Climate Change (BIOPICCC): Toolkit impact development

Durham University, November 2015 to April 2016

By sharing learning across users of the BIOPICCC Toolkit this work sought to strengthen and broaden the adoption of the toolkit in local practice and policy. Working with Catherine Max and Climate UK, the work initiated the process of co-designing a refreshed toolkit to better need the needs of local authority end-users. The first round of revisions should be online by Oct 2016.

Investigating the effects of flooding on SMEs

University of Salford, January to August 2015

Following on from the CREW project, Bingunath Ingirige from the Centre for Disaster Resilience at the University of Salford examined the impacts of flooding on SMEs through a series of case studies. The studies focused on the effects and lessons learned by businesses in Braunton, north Devon after floods in 2004 and 2012.

Strengthening the resilience of UK transport systems

University of Leeds, October to December 2014

David Dawson undertook a placement with the Department for Transport, drawing on iBUILD and other research to help formulate the government response to the 2013 Transport Resilience Review on future risks to the national transport network. He engaged with a wide range of stakeholders within the sector, and opened discussions on integrating emerging academic outputs into policy.

Alternative forms of finance for sustainable and resilient infrastructure in Scotland

University of Leeds, October 2014 to March 2015

Financing infrastructure projects that deliver increased resilience to both current and future climate can be demanding due to the difficulties in quantifying the benefits and monetising of future climate resilience. The final summary report (October 2015) explores the challenges of financing public sector adaptation projects and highlights a series of government-led actions that could improve access to finance for adaptation projects.

Report written by Katy Roelich, University of Leeds and supported by ClimateXchange and Adaptation Scotland.