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:
Davids, Peter, R. and Priest, Sally J. and Hartmann, Thomas (2022) On the horns of a dilemma: Experts as communicators for property-level flood risk adaptation measures. Journal of Flood Risk Management . ISSN 1753-318X (Accepted/In press)
de Bruijn, Karin M. and Jafino, Bramka A. and Merz, Bruno and Doorn, Neelke and Priest, Sally J. and Dahm, Ruben J. and Zevenbergen, Chris and Aerts, Jeroen C. J. H. and Comes, Tina (2022) Flood risk management through a resilience lens. Communications Earth & Environment , 3 (1). pp. 1-4. ISSN 2662-4435
Bevan, Malcolm P. and Priest, Sally J. and Plume, Ruth Charlotte and Wilson, Emma E. (2022) Emergency first responders and professional wellbeing: a qualitative systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) , 19 (22). ISSN 1661-7827
Castro-Gutierrez, Victor and Hassard, Francis and Vu, Milan and Leitao, Rodrigo and Burczynska, Beata and Wildeboer, Dirk and Stanton, Isobel and Rahimzadeh, Shadi and Baio, Gianluca and Garelick, Hemda and Hofman, Jan and Kasprzyk-Hordern, Barbara and Kwiatkowska, Rachel and Majeed, Azeem and Priest, Sally J. and Grimsley, Jasmine and Lundy, Lian and Singer, Andrew C. and Di Cesare, Mariachiara (2022) Monitoring occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 in school populations: A wastewater-based approach. PLoS One , 17 (6). ISSN 1932-6203
Priest, Sally J. (2022) Forward: spatial flood risk management: implementing catchment-based retention and resilience on private land. In: Spatial Flood Risk Management: Implementing Catchment-based Retention and Resilience on Private Land. Hartmann, Thomas and Slavíková, Lenka and Wilkinson, Mark , eds. Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 978 1 80037 952 7
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: