Edmund founded FHRC in 1970 and was Head of the Centre until February 2010. Edmund is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at Middlesex University. He was Chair of the Defra/Environment Agency Advisory Group on Flood and Coastal Defence Research and Development (2004/5), and is currently a member of the Defra/ Environment Agency Research Sponsoring Board. He was awarded the O.B.E. by the Queen for services to flood risk management in May 2006. Qualifications BSc, MA, PhD

Selected Publications:

Pardoe, J, Penning-Rowsell, E.C. and Cope, M. (2013) Alternative investment streams for flood risk management and flood insurance: An analysis of “who gains and who loses?” In: Klijn, F. & Schweckendiek, T. (eds) Comprehensive Flood Risk Management. Leiden: CRC Press/Balkema.

Penning-Rowsell, E.C., Haigh, N., Lavery, S., and McFadden L. (2012) A threatened world city: The benefits of protecting London from the sea. Natural Hazards DOI: 10.1007/s11069-011-0075-3

Penning-Rowsell, E.C., Sultana, P. and Thompson, P.M. (2012) The ‘last resort’? Population movement in response to climate-related hazards. Environmental Science & Policy. doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2012.03.009.

Penning-Rowsell, E.C. and Pardoe, J. (2012) Who benefits and who loses from flood risk reduction? Environment and Planning ‘C’, 30, 448-466. doi:10.1068/c10208

Tseng, C.P. and Penning-Rowsell, E.C.(2012) Micro-political and related barriers to stakeholder engagement in flood risk management, Geographical Journal, 178, 253-269. DOI 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2012.00464.x

Penning-Rowsell, E.C. and Pardoe, J. (2012) Who loses if flood risk is reduced: should we be concerned? Area 44( 2), 152-159.

Pardoe, J., Penning-Rowsell, E.C. and Tunstall, S. (2011) Floodplain conflicts: regulation and negotiation, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 11, 2889–2902. DOI:10.5194/nhess-11-2889-2011

Harries, T. and Penning-Rowsell, E.C. (2010) Victim pressure, institutional inertia and climate change adaptation: the case of flood risk. Global Environmental Change 21(1) 188-97, DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2010.09.002

Johnson, C. and Penning-Rowsell, E.C. (2010), What really determines policy? An evaluation of outcome measures for prioritising flood and coastal risk management investment in England. Journal ofFlood Risk Management, pp. 1-8.

Jonkman, S.N. and Penning-Rowsell, E.C. 2008. Human Instability in Flood Flows. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 44(4):1-11. DOI: 10.1111 ⁄ j.1752-1688.2008.00217.x

Proverbs, D., Brebbia, C.A., and Penning-Rowsell, E.C. [Eds] (2008). Flood recovery, innovation and response. Southampton: Wessex Institute of Technology Press.

McCarthy, S., Penning-Rowsell, E.C. and Tunstall, S.M. (2008). Public attitudes to ‘community based’ small-scale flood risk reduction measures in England: a case study in the lower Thames catchment. In: Bosher, L. (Ed) Hazards and the built environment. London: Routledge.

Johnson, C., Penning-Rowsell, E.C. and Parker, D.J. (2007) Natural and imposed injustices: the challenges in implementing ‘fair’ flood risk management policy in England. Geographical Journal, 173(4), 374-390.

Johnson, C., Penning-Rowsell, E. and Tapsell, S. (2007) Aspiration and reality: flood policy, economic damages and the appraisal process, Area 39(2), 214–223.

Bosher, L., Penning-Rowsell, E. and Tapsell, S. (2007). Resource accessibility and vulnerability in Andhra Pradesh: caste and non-caste influences. Development and change. 38(4), 515-640.

Thorne, C., Evans E.P. and Penning-Rowsell, E.C. [Eds] (2007). Future Flooding and Coastal Erosion Risks. Thomas Telford.

McFadden, L., Nicholls, R. and Penning-Rowsell, E.C. [Eds] (2006). Managing coastal vulnerability. John Wiley.

Penning-Rowsell, E.C., Johnson, C. and Tunstall, S.M. (2006). ‘Signals’ from pre-crisis discourse: Lessons from UK flooding for global environmental policy change? Global Environmental Change,16, 323–339.

Penning-Rowsell, E.C.and Wilson, T. (2006). Gauging the impact of natural hazards: the pattern and cost of emergency response during flood events. Transactions, Institute of British Geographers, 31(2), 9-15.

Evans, E.P., Hall, J. W., Penning-Rowsell, E.C., Saul, A., Sayers, P.B., Thorne, C.R. and Watkinson, A.R. (2006). Drivers, responses and choices for future flood risk management. Proc. ICE, Water Management 159, March 2006 pp 53-61.

Penning-Rowsell, E.C., Floyd, P., Ramsbottom, D and Surendran, S. (2005). Estimating injury and loss of life in floods: a deterministic framework. Natural Hazards, 36, 43-64.

Parker, D. J. and Penning-Rowsell, E. C.(2005). Dealing with Disasters. In Hunt, J. (Ed.)London's Environment: Prospects for a Sustainable World City, Chapter 13, 175-201, London: Imperial College Press. ISBN 1-86094-486-8.

Johnson, C.L., Tunstall, S.M., and Penning-Rowsell, E.C. (2005) 'Floods as catalysts for policy change: historical lessons from England and Wales'. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 21, 561-575.

Pottier, N., Penning-Rowsell, E. C., Tunstall, S. M. and Hubert, G. (2005) Land-use and flood protection: contrasting approaches and outcomes in France and in England and Wales, Applied Geography 25 1-27 ISSN 0143-6228.

Penning-Rowsell E, Tapsell S, and Wilson T. (2005) “Key policy implications of the health effects of floods.” In Kirch W, Menne B, Bertollini R (Eds) (2005) “Extreme Weather and Climate Events: Risks to Human Health and Public Health Responses.” Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, pages 207-223.

Green, C. H., and Penning-Rowsell, E. C., (2004) Flood insurance and Government: “Parasitic” and “Symbiotic” Relations, The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance – Issues and Practice 29 (3) pp 518-539. ISSN:1018-5895.

Hall, J. W., Evans, E. P., Penning-Rowsell, E. C., Sayers, P. B., Thorne, C. R. and Saul, A. J. (2003) Quantified scenarios analysis of drivers and impacts of changing flood risk in England and Wales: 2030-2100, Environmental Hazards 5 pp 51-65. ISSN: 1464-2867.

Penning-Rowsell, E. and Tapsell, S. (2002) Coping with extreme floods: warnings, impacts and response, The extremes of the extremes: extraordinary floods, International Association of Hydrological Sciences , Vol. 271 pp 379-383 – ISSN: 01447815

Tapsell, S. M., Penning-Rowsell, E. C., Tunstall, S. M. and Wilson, T. L. (2002) Vulnerability to flooding: health and social dimensions, Flood risk in a changing climate. Papers of a Discussion Meeting organized and edited by D. Cox, J. Hunt, P. Mason, H. Wheater and P. Wolf. 15 July 2002, Vol 360, No. 1796, Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences pp. 1511-1525 - ISSN: 1364503X

Edmund specialises in natural hazard assessment and policy, with special reference to water planning. He has published several books and many papers on his research, and acted as consultant to numerous national and international environmental agencies.

Current Research:

  • Multi-Coloured Manual update
  • “Who benefits” from FCERM (or “Distributional consequences of FCERM”). This project aims to contribute to our overall understanding of who benefits from Flood Risk Management Policies.
  • Lower Thames Strategy Study
  • THESEUS - Innovative Technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate (EC Seventh Framework Programme) Work Task Leader. http://www.theseusproject.eu/.