Dennis is a founder member of the Flood Hazard Research Centre. He now contributes to the Centre working closely with it as an independent researcher and consultant contributing to a range of writing and publishing, research and consultancy projects. Dennis stepped down from his position as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Middlesex University Business School in July 2006 in order to undertake more research. He holds Professorships at both Middlesex University and at Moscow Higher International Business School (MIRBIS), and is an Associate at HR Wallingford.

Selected Publications:

Parker D J, Priest S J, Tapsell S M 2009. Understanding and enhancing the public’s behavioural response to flood warning information, Meteorological Applications, 16, 103-144

Ashley R, Parker D J, Hurley L, Ashman A, 2008. State of the Nation: Coastal and Flood Risk Management, Report to Institution of Civil Engineers, 7 March. (This report is the underpinning research report for a report published by the Institution ofCivil Engineers in June 2008 entitled ‘Flooding: Engineering Resilience’)

Lonsdale K, Downing T, Nicholls R, Parker D J, Vafeidis N, Dawson R, Hall J 2008. Plausibleresponse to the threat of rapid sea-level rise for the Thames Estuary, Climatic Change,91, 145-69

Cave B, Cragg L, Gray J, Parker D J, Pygott S, Tapsell S, 2008. Understanding ofand response to severe flash flooding, Science Report - SC070021, EA

Parker D J, Priest, S J, Schildt A, Handmer J, 2008. Modelling the damage reducing effects offlood warnings, FLOODsite Report No. T10-07-12, FLOODsite: HR Wallingford

Parker D J, Tapsell S, McCarthy S. 2007. Enhancing the human benefits of flood warnings, Natural Hazards, 43, 397-41

Parker D J, Tunstall S M, McCarthy S 2007. New insights into the benefits of flood warnings: Results from a household survey in England and Wales, Environmental Hazards 7, 193-210

Faulkner H, Parker D J, Green C, Beven K 2007. Developing a translational discourse to communicate uncertainty in flood risk between science and practitioner, Ambio Vol. 36, No. 7,with McCarthy S, Tunstall S, Faulkner H, Howe J 2007. Risk communication in emergency response to a simulated extreme flood, Environmental Hazards, IN PRESS, November

Drobot S, Parker D J, 2007. Advances and challenges in flash flood warnings. Environmental Hazards, 8, 692-703

Johnson C, Penning-Rowsell E C, Parker D J 2007. Natural and imposed injustices: the challenges in implementing ‘fair’ flood risk management policy in England, The Geographical Journal, 173, 4, 373-390

McCarthy S, Tunstall S, Parker D J, Faulkner H, Howe J, 2007. Risk communication in emergency response to a simulated extreme flood, Environmental Hazards, 7, 179-192

Parker D J, Penning-Rowsell E C, 2005. Dealing with Disasters, In Hunt J.C.R. (ed) London’s Environment: Prospects for a Sustainable World City, Chapter 13, 175-202, Imperial College Press, London

Dennis specialises in flood risk management, particularly on flood management strategy and policy analysis, flood and tropical cyclone warning systems and urban and mega-city hazard management issues. He has published 5 books and over 120 research papers. His two-volume book entitled ‘Floods’ was published in 2000 by Routledge. Previous books included ones on ‘Water Planning in Britain’, ‘Hazard Management and Emergency Planning’, ‘Urban Flood Protection Benefits’, and ‘Weather and Water’. He has been consultant to national and international agencies including the United Nations and the World Meteorological Organisation in Geneva. He was responsible for leading the development of techniques and data for assessing the indirect costs of floods. He has recently contributed to the Centre’s research on non-structural flood measures, including flood warnings through the EC funded FLOODsite research project and the FLOOD-ERA project. He has also been working on the EC funded ENSURE project on hazard vulnerability and resilience and contributed to the Environment Agency’s reviews of its flood warning system in 1997 and 2009, and is contributing to a project which is scoping the potential for a pluvial flood warning system in the UK for the Environment Agency. He has undertaken similar reviews of flood warning systems in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Several years ago he produced a research report funded by the IDNDR programme and the UK Met. Office on the condition of the tropical cyclone warning system of Mauritius, and prior to this he developed a flood proofing strategy for villages in the New Territories of Hong Kong (now China). Recently he devised an institutional mapping methodology and institutional map of sustainable urban waste management in England and the city of Birmingham which is a contributer to the EC funded SWITCH research programme. He is also co-author of a state-of-the-art assessment of flood risk management commissioned by the UK Institution of Civil Engineers, following the 2007 floods.

Current Research Projects:

Flood risk management policy analysis

The effectiveness of non-structural flood management approaches

Flood warning systems, and behavioural response to warnings

Natural hazard vulnerability and resilience

Incorporating uncertainty into flood decision-making systems

The flood risk in the London mega-city

Business disruption costs of flooding

Emergency planning for and response to flood incidents