Flood Hazard Research Centre at Middlesex University
Established in 1970, the Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC) comprises a small group of social and environmental scientists based at Middlesex University, London. The Centre is recognised for its expertise in the socio-economic assessment of flood, floodplain and water management options together with the analysis and appraisal of environmental policies.
The FHRC team bring a range of relevant expertise to the STARFLOOD project:
Colin Green is Professor of Water Economics and an expert in water governance and will be leading Work Package 1 on Problem Analyses. Colin was responsible for the Governance work package on the EC FP6 flagship research project on sustainable urban water management (SWITCH). He co-prepared the background document for the UN Water Decade advocacy programme’s meeting on the role of water in the transition to a green economy and in 2000 was elected to the International Academy of Water. He has published widely on water governance, the political economy of water, and sustainable flood risk management.
Dr Stephen Homewood is a research associate of FHRC and Principal Lecturer based in the School of Law at Middlesex University. Stephen teaches an LLM course on corporate governance and Corporate Social Responsibility and is a qualified Barrister (non practising) specialising in Public and Environmental law and a current member (and former Executive Committee member) of the UK Environmental Law Association. Stephen will contribute on the legal aspects of flood risk governance and be a Co-Leader for Work Package 4 on Country Comparison.
Sue Tapsell is Head of the Flood Hazard Research Centre. With a background in both environmental and social science she has more than 20 years experience of designing and managing research projects relating to flood and water management, including various European projects. Sue will co-ordinate the MU input into the STARFLOOD project.
Sally Priest is a Senior Research Fellow at the Flood Hazard Research Centre. Her research interests focus on the application of social science across a range of areas in flood risk and coastal management. She has worked on a number of European research projects in this area including FLOODsite where she developed approaches to understand, model and evaluate the benefits of flood warnings and SPICOSA which explored the challenges and opportunities for science and policy integration in a systems approach to coastal management.
Meghan Alexander is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University. She recently completed her PhD into constructions of flood vulnerability from professional and public perspectives; highlighting opportunities and barriers for household resilience, and the ways in which vulnerability assessment may be more meaningfully informed at the local scale. Adjacent research interests focus on the challenge of communicating scientific uncertainty and facilitating knowledge exchange at the scientific-practitioner interface.
Ana Paula Micou is a researcher at the Flood Hazard Research Centre. She recently completed her doctoral studies, which consisted on an assessment to understand the effects on regional water demand from the introduction of different domestic water efficiency measures, focusing specifically on the Code for Sustainable Homes (a building regulation that measures sustainability in new homes in England and Wales). She also has a Master degree in GIS for Catchment Dynamics and Management. She has worked on research and consultancy projects applying GIS to flood risk assessment and social vulnerability analysis. Other areas of interest include the study of social and environmental aspects of river basins management, specifically the identification and analysis of actors, their coalitions and oppositions.
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