School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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

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Reader in Disaster Risk Management


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.

  • 2017- present: Reader, School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University
  • 2012-2017: Senior Lecturer - WEDC, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University
  • 2009-2012: Lecturer - WEDC, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University
  • 2005-2009: Research Associate/Fellow - Dept. Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University

Main interests and expertise

  • Disaster risk 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/end users
  • Overseas research/project management experience

Professional affiliations

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


Research projects

  • Co-Investigator on 18-month Newton Fund (British Council) funded ‘Enhancing urban flood resilience for 1 million people through Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI) in Semarang, Indonesia’ project (March 2017-September 2018) Total £93,300.
  • Principal-investigator on 3 year part-funded (BRE) PhD studentship ‘Measuring community resilience’ project (January 2016-December 2018) Total £30,000.
  • 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.


Previous research projects

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

External activities

  • 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

Selected publications:

Recent publications:


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