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:
Priest, Sally J. (2021) Why understanding behaviour matters for flood risk management? Journal of Flood Risk Management, 14 (2) , e12724. ISSN 1753-318X. [Journal Guest Editorial]
Barendrecht, Marlies and Sairam, Nivedita and Cumiskey, Lydia and Metin, A.D and Holz, Friederike and Priest, Sally J. and Kreibich, Heidi (2020) Needed: a systems approach to improve flood risk mitigation through private precautionary measures. Water Security , 11 . ISSN 2468-3124
Sairam, Nivedita and Schröter, Kai and Carisi, Francesca and Wagenaar, Dennis and Domeneghetti, Alessio and Molinari, Daniela and Brill, Fabio and Priest, Sally J. and Viavattene, Christophe and Merz, Bruno and Kreibich, Heidi (2020) Bayesian Data-Driven approach enhances synthetic flood loss models. Environmental Modelling and Software , 132 . ISSN 1364-8152
Viavattene, Christophe and Priest, Sally J. (2020) A method for monetising the mental health costs of flooding. Project Report. Environment Agency, Bristol, UK.
Hegger, D. L. T. and Alexander, Meghan and Raadgever, G. Tom and Priest, Sally J. and Bruzzone, Silvia (2020) Shaping flood risk governance through science-policy interfaces: insights from England, France and The Netherlands. Environmental Science & Policy , 106 . pp. 157-165. ISSN 1462-9011
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: