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Research Grants and Projects

 

Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events - CREW

CREW logoCommunity Resilience to Extreme Weather, or CREW, is an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded research project. Taking a case study of five south-London boroughs, CREW sought to investigate local-level impacts on householders, SMEs and local policy/decision makers of a range of EWEs including flooding, subsidence, heatwaves, wind storms and droughts, and to develop a set of tools for improving their capacity for resilience to the impacts of future EWEs. The project exploited both physical and social sciences and comprised of a consortium of over 30 researchers drawn from 14 UK Universities.

CREW consortiumOne of the main objectives of CREW project was to undertake stakeholder-led social research to better understand how groups within a local community (policy makers, households and SMEs) respond to extreme weather, and study the impact of complex relationships between these groups have on local community resilience.

Bingu is a co-investigator of the programme package “Community Coping - Resilience capacity and copingstrategies” of the CREW project.

For more information about CREW, please visit the project website at www.extreme-weather-impacts.net. 

CREW funded by EPSRC 

 

 

 

 

 

Developing Flood Expert Knowledge in Chartered Surveyors - DEFENCES

DEFENCES logo“Developing Flood Expert Knowledge in Chartered Surveyors – DEFENCES” research project is funded by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Education Trust. The research sought to answer the question “how flood expert knowledge could be developed in chartered surveyors”.

The UK has endured a number of major flood events in recent years, and the UK Environment Agency identified that about 5.2million properties in England, amounting to one in six, are at risk of flooding.  The impacts of flooding include direct and indirect impacts and can be particularly devastating for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are generally more vulnerable to such events than larger business organisations. Recent flood events have established how costly flooding can be to the SME sector, which has given greater impetus to the need to improve the resilience of at-risk SMEs. A lack of professional advice on flood protection and adaptation measures represents a potential barrier to the uptake of such interventions by SMEs.

A recent RICS survey notes that, although a majority of chartered surveyors would like to work in this area of practice (flood risk assessment and adaptation), they are conscious of gaps in their competency, knowledge and understanding. The DEFENCES research project sought to contextualise this broader issue and investigate how chartered surveyors can bridge the gap in providing professional flood advice to SMEs. Further, a shift in the UK government policy on flood risk management is evident, where at-risk communities are urged to adapt to flooding. This places greater emphasis on property-level flood adaptation, providing further impetus for Chartered Surveyors to be involved. Findings of the research will be of interest to the RICS, the RICS Flood steering Group, practicing surveyors generally, SMEs, business support and policy making organisations. DEFENCES partners

For more information about DEFENCES, please visit the project website at www.rics-defences.net.

 

Long-term Sustainability of Post-Disaster Re-construction Projects

Long-term Sustainability of Post-Disaster Re-construction Projects is an ongoing research project funded by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Bowen Jenkins Legacy Research Fund. Prof Ingirige is a co-investigator of the project.

Research has shown that permanent re-construction following a natural disaster is often inefficiently managed, uncoordinated, slowly initiated and tend to overlook the long term requirements of the affected community. Under extreme conditions, long-term performance and the satisfaction and requirements of occupants are issues that are often overlooked by policy makers, practitioners, funding bodies, and occupants themselves. A research collaboration between Aston University, University of Huddersfield and NBRO Sri Lanka seeks to investigate the long-term performance of post-disaster housing reconstruction projects and make recommendations for effective, sustainable housing re-construction following natural disasters. The case of post-tsunami housing re-construction projects in Sri Lanka will be studied, where more than 100,000 houses were destroyed and re-built.

The research is expected to enable policy makers and practitioners to make better decisions when developing permanent housing solutions following a major disaster. The lessons learnt will have a wider significance for post-disaster and post-conflict re-construction work in Sri Lanka, regionally and globally. The research will inform practitioners about how decisions made at re-construction stage have affected the long-term performance of housing projects and communities, and how these can be improved. The research is of practical relevance to the work of NBRO and the country’s ongoing post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction processes.

 

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