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Development of housing and the creation of flood risk

School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

About the Project

This project is concerned with the decisions taken by government, local authority and private sector officials that leads to housing being built in areas which have been identified as at risk of flooding (fluvial, coastal and surface water). This project aims to investigate the myriad ways in which planning/construction/development regulations and/or practices can lead to the creation of flood risk (in a specific country/region as defined by the candidate).

Co-supervision of this project will largely be dependant on the direction that the candidate wishes to take the study; with supervisory capacity available to focus on a) stakeholder engagement and decision-making, b) flood modelling, and/or c) critical policy and planning review. The outcomes of the project have potential to inform the ways that flood risk can be more effectively managed through improved training, planning, development and engagement with key local stakeholders.

The study will be directly aligned with two of the University’s research challenges (‘Secure and Resilient Societies’ and ‘Changing Environments and Infrastructure’) and will be of immense pertinence to Prof Bosher’s research in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering. This area of research will be of great interest to key international organisations such as UNDRR, UNESCO and the World Bank and it is anticipated that the candidate will be provided opportunities to present their work to these important global organisations.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in built environment related discipline, urban planning, human geography.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: disaster risk/emergency management, construction management, urban planning, flood management.

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the international website:

How to apply

All applications should be made online:

Under programme name select ‘Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering’. Please quote reference number: ABCE21/LB2.

Start date: July 2021

Full-time/part-time availability: Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)

Fee band: UK/EU: TBC; international: £24,100

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