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  Perceptions of floods and flood risk in Hull past/present/future

   Faculty of Science and Engineering

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About the Project

Living with Water: Perceptions, Processes, Responses and Mitigation of Flooding

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU/International PhD Scholarship for candidates applying for each of the following projects as part of a new research cluster.

Studentships will start on 16th September 2019

Summary of Cluster
The magnitude and frequency of flooding and the associated risks to infrastructure, economic activity and human life are known to be increasing due to changes in rainfall and storm intensity, frequency and seasonality, in conjunction with the pressures of increased development on floodplains and in the coastal zone. There is a need for society to adapt to Live with Water. This PhD cluster will focus on better understanding the impacts of flooding and improving the approaches to mitigating flood risk to societies. Improved understanding of the impacts of flooding requires an improved understanding of the processes leading to flooding and the processes active during floods; from the changes in fluxes of water and debris, through to emergency responders’ and the public’s behaviour and perception in response to flood events. The cluster brings together researchers in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Life Sciences, and Computer Science with social scientists and physical and numerical modellers in Geography and Geology.

PhD Project
Perceptions of floods and flood risk in Hull past/present/future

Hull is a city born of water and one that has long been at risk of all four types of flooding (surface water; ground water; tidal, including storm surges; and fluvial). A flood of the 1250s most likely changed the course of the river Hull, allowing the modern town to be founded on its current site and further floods were recorded in 1265, the 1390s and 1646. More recently, Hull suffered from severe surface water flooding in 2007, the largest storm surge since 1953 struck in December 2013 and further flooding occurred in 2016. As a response to recent events, the Living with Water partnership (comprised of Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency and Arup) have installed three flood alleviation schemes to the north of Hull, with a further three in planning. This PhD project seeks to assess changing public perceptions of flood risk in both historical and contemporary contexts. It has three linked strands of research activity: public perceptions of flood risk; past flood histories; an exhibition on local flood perceptions.

Applicants should have a 1st class undergraduate degree in human geography, history, environmental humanities or Masters level research qualification in a relevant discipline. A 2:1 may be considered, if combined with relevant experience.

For further details, please contact Dr Briony McDonagh ([Email Address Removed])

To apply for please click on the link below:

Full-time UK/EU and International PhD Scholarships will include tuition fees and maintenance (£14,777 in 2018/19) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Interviews will be held between 7th and 27th February 2019

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 15th March 2019 at the latest.

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