Climate & Disaster Resilience

Flash flooding in February 2020, Zimbabwe. (credit: Alexander Joe)

Highlights so far

UoB researchers are engaged in a number of projects, shown in the map below, that seek to advance preparedness for climate change and disaster management. 

Dr Jeffrey Neal (Geographical Sciences) and Professor Thorsten Wagener’s (Civil Engineering) collaborative project, SHEAR II, seeks to create an improved flood hazard map for sub-Saharan Africa, whilst providing capacity strengthening for lasting progress at the University of Kinshasa in the DR Congo. Professor Paul Bates' (Geographical Sciences) Congo River project looks at hydraulic and geomorphical aspects of the world's second-largest river. Similarly, Professor Guy Howard (Civil Engineering) and his multidisciplinary team are working to improve the resilience of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to future implications of climate change, with the intention to support change to national policy and implement international action in multiple countries across the region.

Professor David Gordon (SPS and Director of the Bristol Poverty Institute and Research) is co-investigating how social inequalities can be transformed through inclusive climate action (TSITICA), and in the sphere of seismic activity, Professor Juliet Biggs' (Earth Sciences) work examines approaches to enhance resilience in Malawi, and Professor John Macdonald (Civil Engineering) and Professor Anastasios Sextos' research focusing on the East African Rift in PREPARE, and SAFER PREPARED projects. Professor Dawei Han’s (Civil Engineering) examines the impact of severe weather events on food security in the West Nile Delta, and with the Universities of Addis Ababa and Nairobi, Dr Katerina Michaelides (Geographical Sciences) conducts research into drought resilience in the East African drylands.