Members of the Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience (CFCR)

Our programme is dynamic with both proactive and responsive projects. We bring teams together from across the University and externally for catalytic and trans-disciplinary teaching, research and consultancy.

Directors of CFCR

Name Biography

Professor Lindsey McEwen

Director of CFCR

Professor of Environmental Management

Professor Lindsey McEwen MA(Hons) PhD FRGS ARSGS FHEA NTF is Professor of Environmental Management within the School of Architecture and Environment at UWE Bristol. Her research interests originate in the natural sciences but with increasing experience of interdisciplinary working. Key research areas include: historic flood patterns in an environmental change context and their implications for flood risk assessment; fluvial landscape sensitivity to changing flood patterns (sustainability science for catchment management); flood hazard management; flood education for community resilience, and flood science communication.

Associate Professor Colin Booth

Deputy Director of CFCR

Associate Head for Research and Scholarship

Colin Booth is Associate Head for Research and Scholarship in the School of Architecture and Environment at UWE Bristol. He has research interests and PhD supervision in coastal management, past present and future sea level change, coping strategies for households at risk of flooding, urban pollution and rainwater harvesting. He has contributed, co-ordinated and managed national and international research projects, with examples focusing on conservation and sustainable development in developing countries and, more recently, exploring linkages between public health and urban environments in the UK.

Management team

Name Biography

Professor Jessica Lamond

Dean (Research and Enterprise), School of Architecture and Environment

Associate Professor Jessica Lamond BSc (Hons) MSc PhD is a Senior Fellow in flood management in the built environment focussing on structural and non-structural responses to flood risk in urban settings. Experienced in leading and participating in multidisciplinary teams to deliver innovative research and knowledge transfer, she has recently worked on technical guidance projects for the World Bank, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Defra and the Environment Agency. Jessica has a background in decision science, insurance and econometrics and is involved in research into the barriers and drivers to delivering flood management, the impact of repeated flooding and the long term financial and economic implications of flooding on property stakeholders including insurance.

Professor Nevil Quinn

Professor in Applied Hydrology,  School of Architecture and Environment

Associate Professor Nevil Quinn BSc (Hons) LLM PhD FRGS is Professor in Applied Hydrology in the School of Architecture and Environment. He has extensive expertise in flood risk management and hydrology and has published in academic journals and technical reports. He convenes the UK Flood Risk Management Teaching and Learning Network and has developed bespoke training in hydrology, hydrological modelling and flood risk management, including the implications for planning, for the Environment Agency and local authorities.

Core team and key working partners

Name Biography

Tom Appleby

Senior Lecturer in Law, School of Architecture and Environment

Tom Appleby MA Dip Law Solicitor (non-practising), Senior Lecturer in Law, is one of the leading experts in water law in the United Kingdom. He has extensive experience in administrative structures, property rights associated with water and environmental law. He has been published in leading academic journals and is frequently called upon to comment in the national media. He is a non-practising solicitor and lectures in administrative law, property law, environmental law and water rights.

Dr Sarah Ayling

Research Associate, CFCR, School of Architecture and Environment

Dr Sarah Ayling is a plant physiologist. She has studied the effects of drought and the root environment on plant growth in the UK, USA and Australia. Sarah is experienced in nutrient transport, ion-imaging and water relations. In her spare time, she is actively involved with local conservation groups and environmental education activities.

Namrata Bhattacharya-Mis

Research Fellow, School of Architecture and Environment

Namrata Bhattacharya-Mis is a research fellow working on the EPSRC funded Flood Memory project. Her work involves analysis of the social, financial and economic impacts of single and repeated flood shocks on communities. Namrata holds a double Masters in Geography and Geo-information and Earth Observation in Environmental Modeling and Management, and she has participated in projects for the World Bank and Environment Agency. Her doctoral research involves looking into different aspects of vulnerability of value of business properties in response to flood risk in the UK.

Mark Everard

Associate Professor of Ecosystem Services

Dr Mark Everard is Associate Professor of Ecosystem Services at UWE Bristol. Mark's involvement and interests in the water environment go back many years, including formerly working for the Environment Agency and Defra in research and policy roles, in academia and in business, and with a strong interest in community co-management of natural resources in international development. Mark has been developing and working with ecosystem service concepts since the late 1980s. He is also represented on a number of intergovernmental (Ramsar Convention STRP) and national expert groups, is Founding Director of BART (the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust) and is author of a diversity of scientific, technical and popular books, papers and presentations including a presence on TV and radio.

Dr Glyn Everett

Research Fellow, School of Architecture and Environment

Dr Glyn Everett MA, PhD;is a Research Fellow on the EPSRC-funded Blue Green Cities(BGC) project. The project methodology uses stated preference analysis, expanded upon with semi-structured interviews and focus groups, to understand people's behaviour over time around blue-green Flood Risk Management infrastructure (swales, retention ponds, green roofs, rain-gardens, etc). The project's driving concern is that solutions should be co-constructed with local stakeholder input, to ensure people feel ownership of the end-product. The over-riding theme in Glyn's research has been an interest in the potential of education and learning as means for social empowerment. Prior to joining UWE Bristol, Glyn worked for four years at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) on the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) project, looking at understandings of citizen science and public engagement. From 2006 to 2008, Glyn worked on several projects looking at the learning experiences of young graduates and people with learning disabilities.

Associate Professor Jennifer Hill

Associate Professor in Teaching and Learning Geography and Environmental Management, School of Architecture and Environment

Associate Professor Jennifer Hill MA (Oxon) PhD, FRGS Chartered Geographer FHEA NTF has published work examining water management in semi-arid environments. She is interested in the interplay between physical and human environments, including multiple knowledges and stakeholder engagement. She has researched the role of contrasting water management techniques in equilibrating spatio-temporal inequalities in agricultural water supply in Tunisia. Jenny also has interests in informal education and science communication. Her research background is in biodiversity interpretation in nature-based settings, examining whether visitor education in such contexts promotes attitudinal change. Jenny is keen to extend her research into community flood education and community flood adaptation and resilience.

Dr Sarah Hills

Knowledge Exchange Development Manager, Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment (ISHE), Programme Manager MSc Sustainable Development in Practice

Dr Sarah Hills BSc PhD is the Knowledge Exchange Development Manager for UWE Bristol's Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment (ISHE). Her primary role within ISHE is to manage and facilitate the institute's engagement with external organisations whether through research and consultancy or activities such as conferences, network events and the development of short course programmes. Sarah is also the programme manager for MSc Sustainable Development in Practice, an interdisciplinary programme that focuses on the urgent challenges faced by organisations, communities and government in effecting sustainable change in individual behaviour, business practice and wider society. Before joining ISHE in 2008, Sarah was Principal Sustainability Advisor with the sustainable development charity Forum for the Future, where she worked with public sector organisations to embed sustainability into governance, policy and service delivery. Sarah began her academic career at UWE Bristol with a PhD that examined the impact of environmental information on planning processes in Germany.

Dr Andrew Holmes

Research Fellow, School of Architecture and Environment

Dr Andrew Holmes MSc, PhD is Research Associate on the UWE Bristol's Flood Memories project. This project uses in-depth interviews with local stakeholders in order to investigate how local flood knowledges can be usefully integrated with expert knowledge. Prior to that, Andrew was Research Associate at the University of Sussex on The River Ouse project. Andrew carried out oral history interviews with key respondents in a flood catchment, collecting accounts of land use and human impact which were not available through archive sources. From 2008 to 2010, Andrew worked as a Policy Advisor in the Water Availability and Quality department at Defra.

Michael Horswell

Senior Lecturer in GIS, Programme Manager MSc Applied Geographical Information Systems, School of Architecture and Environment

Michael Horswell MSc FRGS has taught on the River an d Coastal Engineering programme since its inception in 2004. Michael has taught flood risk mapping to Civil and River and Coastal Engineering students; and has a particular interest identifying, understanding and responding to the mapping nDepartment of Geography and Environmental Managementeeds of different stakeholder groups, as well depictions of uncertainty associated with flood mapping.

Dr Chris Parker

Senior lecturer in Fluvial Geomorphology, Programme Manager BSc(Hons) Geography, Department of Geography and Environmental Management

Dr Chris Parker BSc PhD is a fluvial geomorphologist, whose research is focused on the interaction between the flow of water and the shape of the earth's surface. An understanding of this interaction is important for successful flood risk management as the morphology of river channels (cross-section size, slope, planform and bed material size) controls their ability to convey the flows delivered to them from their catchments. Chris's current research interests include: probabilistic modelling of river bank stability; stream power-based sediment transport modelling; development of methods for identifying functional river reach boundaries; catchment-scale modelling of coarse sediment dynamics; and the evaluation of the impact of large woody debris on river channel processes.
Dr Liz Roberts

Research Associate
Liz Roberts is a research associate on the Drought Research and You (DRY) project, working with local stakeholders in the project's river catchment areas to develop narratives for a utility that can be used to inform decision making about drought and water management. She has previous experience working on projects looking at stakeholder co-design of new digital technologies for enhancing rural resilience and exploring how geographers work with and think about visual images and methods, using an auto-ethnographic and creative writing approach.

Carly Rose

Doctoral Researcher, Department of Architecture and the Built Environment

Carly B Rose is a Doctoral Researcher in the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience (CWCR), working part-time on a PhD thesis examining the interface between flood resilience adoption and the psychology of decision-making. Concurrent with her studies, she has worked on a number of research projects, notably the use of green roofs as a SUDS option. Her background includes wide experience of flood risk management, having worked for the Environment Agency for many years. She has co-authored guides to flood recovery and flood resilience for home-owners, written a flood warden handbook and also copy-edited the World Bank's Handbook on Urban Flooding.

Dr Chris Spencer

Senior Lecturer in Coastal Geomorphology and Management, Department of Geography and Environmental Management

Dr Chris Spencer BSc MSc PhD is an Earth Scientist. His research interest concerns Holocene sea-level change and coastal evolution. Following his PhD, he worked as an environmental consultant on a wide range of coastal engineering projects. Since joining UWE Bristol's Department for Geography and Environmental Management in 1998, he has continued to research in areas of environmental change and coastal evolution principally in the Severn Estuary area, but also investigating tsunami deposits in the Gulf of Cadiz, Spain. His main work at present focuses disseminating geographical research to school and college groups and works closely with the Bristol Branch of the Geographical Association.

Professor Chad Staddon

Professor of Resource Geographies, Department of Geography and Environmental Management

Dr Chad Staddon MA PhD is an internationally-recognised expert in the socio-economic dimensions of water and especially water services. His more than 40 published works have examined the water consumer experience, demand management policies, attitudes to the water environment, water security, arts-science collaborations in floods research and the use of IT and social media for engaging stakeholders in sustainable water management. He is currently a lead investigator on the €2 million EC-funded project 'Sustainable Water Action Network' (SWAN), a £2.6 million Lloyd's Register Foundation funded project on 'international water security' and has been named as a 2012-2013 Water Research Fellow at the University of North Carolina, USA.

Dr Sara-Jayne Williams

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Psychology, Department of Geography and Environmental Management

Dr Sara-Jane Williams BA PHD

Following the completion of her PhD in psychology, Sara worked with some of the most challenging communities in the Bristol area in the context of crime and community empowerment. Bringing this experience and her academic training when she joined UWE Bristol five years ago, she has utilised this in both teaching and research. Sara's growing interest is in working with children and young people and exploring the important role that they play within their families and communities in relation to the preparedness and resilience to flooding. Sara is developing this research, specifically focusing on the potential for young people to be catalysts to changing behaviour.

Visiting Professors and Fellows

Name Biography
Dr Hans Jensen Dr Hans Jensen is Chief Executive of UKWIR Ltd which develops and procures a common research programme on behalf of the UK water operators addressing one voice issues. Hans started his career as a geologist working on earthquake and geothermal energy research, before spending over 20 years in the power industry within a range of strategic, project and operational roles. His most recent positions have been Director of Environment and Director of Research and Innovation at RWE.

Professor David Proverbs

Associate Dean - International, Birmingham City University

David Proverbs, Professor of Construction Management, BSc (Hons), PG.Cert. Ed, PhD, FHEA, FCIOB, FRICS, began his academic career in 1994 as a Research Assistant, this following 10 years of project management experience in the UK construction sector. He is Associate Dean, International, in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University and provides leadership, strategic and operational management in relation to the development and implementation of the faculty's international strategy. David is also Chair of the Council of Heads of the Built Environment (CHOBE) in the UK and Co-Editor of the Structural Survey - Journal of Building Pathology and Refurbishment. David is a member of the CIOB Educational Committee and a member of the RICS UK Education Standards Board. He has secured research funding to the value of over £1.8million secured from a range of prestigious sources including EPSRC, NERC, World Bank, DFID; successfully supervised 26 doctoral students, and has a comprehensive dissemination strategy leading to in excess of 270 refereed publications.

Professor Annegret H. Thieken

Professor for Geography and Natural Risk Research at the University of Potsdam, Germany

Annegret H. Thieken has been Professor for Geography and Natural Risk Research at the University of Potsdam since October 2011. Beforehand, she was Deputy Director of the Germany's Climate Service Centre (GERICS; 2010-2011) in Hamburg as well as Professor for Natural Hazard and Risk Management at the University of Innsbruck, Austria (2008-2010), where she was also acted as Scientific Director of the inter- and transdisciplinary centre alpS and successfully lead-managed the research proposal for an alpS-Centre for Climate Change Adaption with an annual budget of EUR 4.5 million and with 23 scientific and 51 company partners. Prior to that, Annegret Thieken was Senior Scientist at the German Research Centre for Geoscience (GFZ; 2000-2008). She did her PhD-research at the University of Halle (Saale) and studied environmental sciences (geo-ecology) at the Technical University Braunschweig (TU BS) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands. Annegret Thieken has more than 15 years of experience with research on water-related risks. Her research has dealt with a broad range of topics, e.g. probabilistic flood risk modelling, analysis and modelling of losses, multi-risk studies as well as evaluation of mitigation measures including property-level mitigation and flood insurance. Up to now, she ha (co-)authored about 55 reviewed papers in international journals (Web of Science h-index: 25) and more than 75 other contributions in conference proceedings, journals or books. Since February 2013, she has been the chairwoman of the scientific board of the German Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction (DKKV).

Associate Professor Sara Wilkinson

Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Associate Professor Sara Wilkinson BSc MA MPhil PhD FRICS AAPI is an Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Australia. She works in the field of sustainable building adaptation and retrofit having published, co-authored and peer-reviewed many papers, research reports and books. Her understanding of sustainability and adaptation at building and city scale is being applied to Centre research modelling the potential for green roof retrofit as a component of a flood mitigation strategy. Research interests include sustainable urban development, urban food production and retrofit. She supervises sustainability and property-related PhD students and is open to discuss future PhD research connected to the Centre's areas of interest.

Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience (CFCR)

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