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Tag: Policy

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

Troubled waters – reaching out (projects 1 & 2)

Bath Spa University

September 2015 – January 2018

The winter storms of 2013–2014 set new precedents of coastal damage in the UK, forcing government, heritage bodies and local communities to seriously reconsider the future management of coastal heritage. Organisations and communities were seemingly unprepared for these events, and were surprised by their own emotional response. In the low-lying island nation of Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean, over 100,000 citizens face the possibility of permanent relocation due to climate change and sea-level rise which threaten homeland and heritage. Troubling in itself, Kiribati also presents an unsettling visualisation of a collective future. These diverse settings are brought together in this project through the exploration of current and potential loss of heritage in times of accelerated climate change.

Research Council: AHRC

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