Sally is an Associate Professor and Head of the Flood Hazard Research Centre. Joining FHRC in January 2007 from the University of Southampton, her research interests focus on the application of social science across a range of areas of flood risk management. Sally has worked on a number of projects initially working on the EC-funded FLOODsite project particularly focussing on researching innovative methods to understand, model and evaluate flood damages and other flood losses and the development of a risk to life model for European flood events. She also has experience researching coastal environments and contributed to SPICOSA (Science and Policy Integration for Coastal Systems Assessment) an EC-funded project exploring the challenges and opportunities for science and policy integration in a systems approach to coastal management. Recently, she has been the project manager of an Environment Agency funded project scoping the potential for introducing surface water flood warnings in England and Wales and contributed to another Environment Agency funded project on assessing the collection and management of data on the social aspects of flooding. Sally also led FHRC's contribution to one of the seven projects funded under the second European-funded CRUE ERA-NET programme entitled RISKMAP. The aim of this two-year project was to examine ways to improve flood risk maps as a means to foster public participation and raise flood risk awareness. More recently Sally has been working on updating of the Multi-Coloured Manual, EU FP7 STAR-FLOOD, EU FP7 RISC-KIT and the Marie Curie European Training Network SYSTEM-RISK.
BSc Geography (Hons), PGCert (Academic Practice), PhD, FRGS, FHEA
Completed post-graduate supervision:
Thomas Thaler (2015) 'Governance and responsibility in flood risk management in Europe'
Meghan Alexander (2013) 'Social Vulnerability, Flooding and Risk Communication: Developing tailored GIS-based decision support systems and emergency flood incident management'.
Sally is interested in supervising PhD students and would welcome applications in the following research areas:
Sally’s research interests focus on the application of social science across a range of areas in flood risk management with particular interests in:
Cumiskey, Lydia and Priest, Sally J. and Klijn, Frans and Juntti, Meri (2019) A framework to assess integration in flood risk management: implications for governance, policy, and practice. Ecology and Society , 24 (4). ISSN 1708-3087
Suykens, Cathy and Tarlock, Dan and Priest, Sally J. and Van Doorn-Hoekveld, Willemijn J. and Van Rijswick, Helena F. M. W. (2019) Sticks and carrots for reducing property-level risks to floods: an EU-US comparative perspective. Water International , 44 (5). pp. 622-639. ISSN 0250-8060
Driessen, Peter P. J. and Hegger, Dries L. T. and Kundzewicz, Zbigniew W. and Van Rijswick, Helena F. M. W. and Crabbé, Ann and Larrue, Corinne and Matczak, Piotr and Pettersson, Maria and Priest, Sally J. and Suykens, Cathy and Raadgever, Gerrit Thomas and Wiering, Mark (2018) Governance strategies for improving flood resilience in the face of climate change. Water , 10 (11). ISSN 2073-4441
Alexander, Meghan and Priest, Sally J. and Penning-Rowsell, Edmund C. (2018) The risk of ill-informed reform: the future for English flood risk management. Area , 50 (3). pp. 426-429. ISSN 0004-0894
Maskrey, Shaun A. and Priest, Sally J. and Mount, Nick J. (2018) Towards evaluation criteria in participatory flood risk management. Journal of Flood Risk Management . ISSN 1753-318X (Published online first)
Current and recent research projects:
For other completed projects please visit the Flood Hazard Research Centre website's project pages.
Sally is on the editorial boards of the Environmental Hazards and the Journal of Flood Risk Management
She is also on the scientific committees of the following conferences: