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SME Guidance – organisational operational response and strategic decision making for long term flood preparedness in urban areas

University of Sheffield

December 2012 – June 2016

In conjunction with SMEs, this business guidance was developed to help prepare for and respond to the impacts of flooding in a handy checklist format. This guidance recommends ‘business continuity buddies’ for SMEs to prepare for the next flood; not if, but when!

Research Council: EPSRC

Climate scenarios in decision-making for adaptation of building and property drainage (DOWNPIPE)

Heriot-Watt University

October 2008 – September 2011

To realise potential benefits to property drainage design and adaptation by using projections of our future climate (UKCP09). This will allow the location and extent of any under-capacity to be identified and adaptation solutions proposed to reduce flood risk.

The 2013/14 winter floods and policy change: the dynamics of change in the aftermath of major crises

University of Exeter

July 2014 – June 2015

It is essential to understand the perceptions of the problems and solutions that evolve during the year following a flood event in order to better understand how longer term policy responses occurs at local and national scales.

Research Council: ESRC

The summer after the floods

University of Birmingham

September 2014 – August 2016

A real-time examination of the social, economic and environmental dimensions of flood recovery and resilience. The scale, diversity, persistence and severity of the UK flooding events in the winter of 2013/14 provide a unique opportunity to study flood recovery from the perspective of businesses, homeowners, local communities and environmental quality. Research from a multi-disciplinary team helps to uncover: which factors enable or inhibit fast and effective flood recovery from the perspectives of business, social justice and environmental stability, and how can communities, businesses, government organisations and policy makers prepare to mitigate and reduce the impacts of future flood events?

Research Council: ESRC

Twenty65 – can rainwater be captured, treated and reused?

University of Sheffield

January 2016 – January 2021

In the UK the status quo for all water applications is to use chlorinated drinking water. However, rainwater (water captured from roofs) and greywater (water recovered from showers and sinks) can be easily captured, treated and re-used. This ongoing research programme looks at using buildings as collection devices, routing the rainwater through guttering and downpipes and into storage tanks, and how it should be possible to both reduce the volume of rainwater reaching urban drains, and to save that water for local (re)use.

Research Council: EPSRC

Urban flood resilience in an uncertain future

University of Nottingham


The project aims to enable the coordinated planning, design and operation of closely coupled urban water systems necessary to achieve transformative change in urban flood risk and water management. It will investigate how planning, design, operation and organisation of both existing and new urban water systems might be envisaged and transformed in order to deliver multiple benefits (including flood resilience) under flood, normal and drought conditions.

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Urban resilience to intense rainfall and surface water flooding in a changing climate

Loughborough University

July 2018 – June 2021

WATCH THIS SPACE: The flow of goods, people and energy essential to continued economic development are at increasing risk of flood disruption. Models, forecasts, warnings or management strategies for urban surface water flooding are less advanced, and require improved understanding and prediction of surface water flood impacts. The project will help to raise public awareness to, and improve preparedness for and recover from, surface water floods. Two-way public engagements will disseminate knowledge raised in the project as well as collect feedback from the public. 

Research Council: EPSRC

Water resilient cities: climate uncertainty & urban vulnerability to hydrohazards

Heriot-Watt University

July 2016 – June 2021

WATCH THIS SPACE: Creating resilient, sustainable, water-secure cities depends on our understanding of the potential future risks from floods and drought, and our ability to increase our resilience to them. This fellowship is quantifying the uncertainty in future hydro-hazards and designing engineering and policy interventions to help increase urban resilience and to inform urban water security adaptation plans for cities and their surrounding areas.

Research Council: EPSRC