School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


Dr Lee Bosher BSc, PGC, PhD, FRGS, FHEA

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Senior Lecturer

Lee graduated from Coventry University in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) in Development & Health in Disaster Management. Between 2001 and 2004 he completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methods in Social Science at Middlesex University and a PhD on the 'Social and Institutional Elements of Vulnerability in Andhra Pradesh, South India', at the Flood Hazard Research Centre.

  • 2012-present: Senior Lecturer - WEDC, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University
  • 2009-2012: Lecturer - WEDC, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University
  • 2007-2009: Research Fellow - Dept. Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University
  • 2005-2007: Research Associate - Dept. Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University
  • 2004-2005: Researcher - Adult Learning Inspectorate, Coventry

Broad interests expertise

  • Disaster management and sustainable vulnerability reduction strategies
  • Social institutional roles in improving the resilience of society and structures to extreme events
  • Protection of critical infrastructure via structural and non-structural multi-hazard mitigative adaptations
  • Inter-disciplinary research that utilises a range of quantitative and qualitative methods and effectively disseminates to multi-disciplinary stakeholders
  • Overseas research/project management experience
  • Editor of the book Hazards and the Built Environment: Attaining Built-in Resilience, Taylor and Francis

Professional affiliations

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT)

Research interests

  • Co-Investigator on 6 month NERC funded ‘Evaluating the resilience of critical infrastructure for emergency response to extreme flood events in Leicester City’ project. (October 2014-May 2015) Total £81,698
  • Principal-investigator on 18 month European Commission (FP7) funded ‘Evolving Concept of Security (EVOCS) Project (June 2014-December 2015, Total€1.4m€100k for Loughborough University). Through a multidisciplinary partnership of nine partners the project aims to provide a holistic view on the somewhat diffuse concept of security by evaluating it across four dimensions; namely 1) Core values, 2) Perceptions of security, 3) Geographies of security, and 4) Time.
  • Co-Investigator on 4 year European Commission FP7 funded ‘Designing Safer Urban Spaces’ (DESURBS) Project (January 2011-December 2014, Total €4.4m;€450k for WEDC). This project aims to create a decision support software package consisting of a continuously evolving urban space event database, decision support framework for engaging local stakeholders, and comprehensive supporting tools to improve the design of new and renewed urban areas in order to increase their security and resilience to new threats.
  • Principal-investigator on 12-month CPNI funded ‘Resilient Design Tool' project (March 2011- March 2012, Total £18k): Following on from the EPSRC funded RE-DESIGN project this project is focused upon evaluating a decision support framework that has been designed to assist in the development of effective and acceptable resilient crowded places in the UK.
  • Principal-investigator on 6 month CIRIA/HSE funded ‘Major Hazards in Construction’ (MHiC) Project (December 2009-June 2010), Total £36k.
  • Co-Investigator on 3-year IMCRC/EPSRC funded ‘Building in and budgeting for protection: The systemic implications of counter terrorism measures’ project (started October 2008, £50k): This 3-year PhD studentship is evaluating the systemic implications of counter terrorism measures for the protection of key components of the built environment and specifically crowded public places.
  • Co-Investigator on 2-year EPSRC/ESRC/AHRC funded ‘Resilient Design (RE-DESIGN) for counter-terrorism: Decision support for designing effective and acceptable resilient places’ project (October 2007-September 2009, Total £960k; £160k for Loughborough University): The RE-DESIGN project (a collaboration between the universities of Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle) set out to ensure best practice in the design of effective and acceptable resilient public places was more widely achieved through the structured and considered integration of counter-terror measures into the decision-making processes of key stakeholders involved with the planning, design, construction, operation and management of crowded public places.
  • Researcher-Investigator on 3-year IMCRC/EPSRC funded ‘PRE-EMPT: Proactive Resilient Engineering & Emergency Mitigation Planning Tool’ project (October 2006-September 2009, £150k): PRE-EMPT pro-actively addressed strategic weaknesses in protecting critical infrastructure and attaining built-in resilience in the UK via the development of multi-hazard mitigation guidelines for the construction sector.

Previous research projects

Proactive Resilient Engineering and Emergency Mitigation Planning Tool (PRE-EMPT)

Safe, Secure & Sustainable Built Environment (S3BE)

Adult Learning Inspectorate, Safer Training MOD Report

Research project

PRE-EMPT, RE-DESIGN, Designing Safer Urban Spaces (DESURBS), and EvoCS projects


Questionnaire surveys, semi-structured/structured interviews, stakeholder analysis, sociograms, focus groups and workshops. I advocate a mixed methods approach that utilises methodological, data and investigative triangulation.

  • Member of Information and Research for Reconstruction (i-Rec)
  • Joint coordinator of CIB Working Commission (W120) - Disasters and the Built Environment
  • Member of the Editorial panels of International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment and Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Urban Design and Planning


Bosher L.S., (2014), ‘Built-in resilience’ through Disaster Risk Reduction: Operational issues’, Building Research & Information, Vol. 42, No.2, pg. 240-254

Chmutina K. and Bosher L.S., (2014), ‘Construction in Barbados: Keeping natural hazards in mind?, Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 23, No.2, pg. 175-196

Bird S., Ruikar K., Bosher L.S., Bouchlaghem N.M. and Glocking J., (2013), ‘Development of a Fixed Firefighting System Selection Tool for Improved Outcomes’,Journal of Information Technology in Construction, Vol. 18, pg. 353-371

Ezeji J.I., Smout I.K., and Bosher L.S., (2013), 'Coupling water utility performance targets with catchment management', The Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Municipal Engineer, Vol.166, No2, pp.130-138

Bosher L.S., (2011), ‘Household and governmental perceptions of risk: Implications for cyclone resistant housing in south India’, Housing Studies, Vol.26, No.2, pp. 241-257 []

Pinera J.-F. and Bosher L.S., (2011), ‘Sphere and Sustainability: A matter of time’,Journal of Humanitarian Assistance, January 13th, published by Feinstein International Center, Tufts University. []

Bosher L.S. and Dainty A.R.J., (2011) ‘Disaster risk reduction and 'built-in' resilience: Towards overarching principles for construction practice’, Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management, Vol.35, No1, pp. 1-18 []

Bosher L.S., Dainty A.R.J., Carrillo P.M., Glass J., and Price A.D.F., (2009) ‘Attaining improved resilience to floods: A proactive multi-stakeholder approach’, Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol.18, No1, pp.9-22 []

Coaffee J., and Bosher L.S., (2008) ‘Integrating counter-terrorism resilience into sustainable urbanism’, The Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Urban Design and Planning, Vol.161, No.2, pp.75-83 [paper awarded the 2009 ‘Reed and Mallik’ Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers] []

Coaffee J., Moore, C., Fletcher D., and Bosher L.S., (2008) ‘Resilient design for terror-resistant cities: Effective and acceptable solutions for community safety’, The Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Municipal Engineer, Vol.161, No.2, pp.103-110 []

Bosher L.S., (2007) ‘A case of inappropriately targeted vulnerability reduction initiatives in Andhra Pradesh, India?’, International Journal of Social Economics, Vol.34, No.10, pp.754-771 ISSN: 0306-8293

Bosher L.S., Carrillo P.M., Dainty A.R.J., Glass J., and Price A.D.F., (2007) ‘Realising a resilient and sustainable built environment: Towards a strategic agenda for the United Kingdom’, Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy & Management, Vol.31, No.3, pp.236–255 ISSN: 0361-3666 []

Bosher L.S., Dainty A.R.J., Carrillo P.M., and Glass J., (2007) ‘Built-in Resilience to Disasters: A Pre-Emptive approach’, Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, Vol.14, No.5, pp. 434-446 ISSN: 0969-9988 []

Bosher L.S., Dainty A.R.J., Carrillo P.M., Glass J., and Price A.D.F., (2007) ‘Integrating disaster risk management into construction: A UK perspective’, Building Research & Information, Vol.35, No.2, pp.163-177 ISSN: 0961-3218 []

Bosher L.S., Penning-Rowsell E., and Tapsell S., (2007) ‘Resource Accessibility and Vulnerability in Andhra Pradesh: Caste and Non-Caste Influences’, Development & Change, Vol.38, No.4, pp.615-640; ISSN: 0012-155X []