Managing the flood footprint for a resilient economy and society (GUAN_UDEV18EE)

University of East Anglia
October 11 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Research rationale: Flooding in one location can impact the whole regional or national economy. Neglecting these knock-on costs (i.e. the true footprint of the flood) means we might be ignoring the economic benefits and beneficiaries of flood risk management interventions. Flood footprint is a measure of the exclusive total (socio)economic impact that is directly and indirectly caused by a flood event to the flooding region and wider economic systems (and social networks).

Research methodology: This research will take an interdisciplinary approach to develop a multi-regional flood footprint accounting model and couple it with flood engineering model in order to assess direct and indirect economic impact by climate extreme events. This research attempts filling the knowledge gap of quantifying cascading effects of frequent climate extreme events. In particular, the project has 3 specific milestones to meet: 1) A flood inundation model will be developed and calibrated to simulate flood water depth, velocities, and inundation extent. 2) Utilise multi-regional input-output analysis to develop a global multi-regional flood footprint accounting framework; 3) Apply the coupled accounting model to case studies locations assess direct and indirect economic impact at local / national / international level.

The student will benefit from an internship in Anglian Water to directly work with stakeholders to prepare flooding resilience strategy for Norfolk.

Secondary supervisor: Dr Helen He (UEA).

Requirements: We seek an enthusiastic, motivated and conscientious individual with strong scientific interests and some economic analysis skills. Degree in an environmental subject (Environmental Sciences, Environmental Economics, Water Engineering and Physical Geography).


This project has been shortlisted for funding by the EnvEast NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, comprising the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent, with over twenty other research partners. Undertaking a PhD with the EnvEast DTP will involve attendance at mandatory training events throughout the course of the PhD.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on 12/13 February 2018.

Successful candidates who meet RCUK's eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship - in 2017/18, the stipend is £14,553. In most cases, UK and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for 3 years are eligible for a stipend. For non-UK EU-resident applicants NERC funding can be used to cover fees, RTSG and training costs, but not any part of the stipend. Individual institutes may, however, elect to provide a stipend from their own resources.

EnvEast welcomes applicants from quantitative disciplines who may have limited background in environmental sciences. Excellent candidates will be considered for an award of an additional 3-month stipend to take appropriate advanced-level courses in the subject area.

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