The Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC) has focused on water, environmental management and natural hazards since the early 1970s, making us one of world's oldest centres in this field. Today, our research has never been more relevant, as many communities in the UK – and globally - are struggling to cope with record flood levels, and the vast damage and disruption that follows.
Against this growing concern, our aim at the FHRC is to develop our understanding of the relations between people, water and the environment. Our studies are targeted towards helping government bodies and communities to reduce the risks from natural hazards and improve policies for current and future generations. We work to promote sustainable water and coastal zone management, policy and practice based upon good governance.
The FHRC is an interdisciplinary research centre, based in the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University. Our experienced academics and skilled research students specialise in the interaction between people and the environment, as well as the analysis and appraisal of environmental policies.
In particular, we are interested in the environmental and societal dimensions of natural hazards such as:
The centre staff work across a range of disciplines including geography, economics, sociology, social anthropology, and environmental science. We have a PhD and Masters level training programme and run professional training courses for Environment Agency, local authority and consultancy staff. Between us, we have many years experience of working with government bodies in the UK and overseas.
You can find out more about what we do here by reading our portfolio of past and current research projects.
We welcome collaboration with any interested research bodies and individuals.
The Flood Hazard Research Centre has recently been featured in our Research Impact Case Studies.
Please note that we are an academic research body, not a public service. If you have been flooded or are at risk from flooding you may find the following organisations and web links useful: