Research and expertise

I am a social scientist and geographer that has developed a portfolio of projects (totalling over £6m) related to Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and the integration of proactive hazard mitigation strategies into the decision-making processes of key stakeholders. My publications and external activities provide testament to the internationally recognised quality of my work. My other research and teaching interests are related to the technical, social, environmental and institutional roles in improving the resilience of society and critical assets to natural hazards and human-induced threats.  

Current research activity 

  • ‘River basins as 'living laboratories'  for achieving sustainable development goals across national and sub-national scales’ (NERC) project (February 2019-January 2021)  
  • ‘Valuing the benefits of blue/green infrastructure for flood resilience, natural capital and urban development in Vietnam’ (NERC/ESRC/NAFOSTED) project (January 2019-July 2021) 

Recently completed research projects

  • Newton Fund (British Council) funded ‘Enhancing urban flood resilience for 1 million people through Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI) in Semarang, Indonesia’ project (March 2017-November 2018) 
  • NERC funded ‘Evaluating the resilience of critical infrastructure for emergency response to extreme flood events in Leicester City’ project. (October 2014-May 2015) 
  • Daiwa Foundation funded travel grant to study “Climate change impacts on, and improved disaster risk management for, cultural heritage sites in Japan and the UK”. (July-October 2015) 
  • European Commission (FP7) funded ‘Evolving Concept of Security (EVOCS)Project (June 2014-December 2015)
  • European Commission (FP7) funded ‘Designing Safer Urban Spaces’ (DESURBS)Project (January 2011-December 2014)




Recent publications

  • Drosou N., Soetanto R., Hermawan F., Chmutina K., Bosher L. and Utomo Dwi Hatmoko J., (2019), ‘Key Factors Influencing Wider Adoption of Blue–Green Infrastructure in Developing Cities’, Water, 11, 1234.
  • Chmutina K., Fussey P., Bosher L.S. and Dainty A.R.J. (2018), ‘Implications of transforming climate change risks into security risks’, Disaster Prevention and Management, 27(5), 460-477
  • Caballero-Megiddo C., Hillier J., Wyncol D., Gouldby B., and Bosher L.S., (2018), ‘Technical Note: Comparison of methods for threshold selection for extreme sea levels’, Journal of Flood Risk Management, Vol.11: 127–140 
  • Bosher L.S. and Chmutina K., (2017), Disaster Risk Reduction for the built environment, Wiley ISBN: 978-1-118-92149-4 
  • Chmutina K., Lizarralde G., Bosher L.S. and Dainty A.R.J. (2016), ‘Unpacking resilience policy discourse: between rhetoric and realities’,Cities, 58, October: 70–79
  • Chmutina K. and Bosher L.S., (2015), ‘Disaster risk reduction or disaster risk production: The role of building regulations in mainstreaming DRR’, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Vol. 13, pp.10-19
  • Lizarralde G., Chmutina K., Bosher L.S. and Dainty A.R.J. (2015), ‘Sustainability and resilience in the built environment: The challenges of establishing a turquoise agenda’, Sustainable Cities and Society, Vol. 15, pp.96–104
  • Bosher L.S., (2014), ‘Built-in resilience’ through Disaster Risk Reduction: Operational issues’, Building Research & Information, Vol. 42, No.2, pg. 240-254

Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

I currently contribute to a range of modules across the school through a combination of teaching and project supervision. Central to my teaching approach is to the need to make lectures as engaging as possible; to achieve this I draw upon my recent research as well as profiling the latest disasters as case studies that form the basis of highly topical problem-based learning sessions. 


  • Disaster Risk Reduction for the Built Environment
  • Emergency Water Supply and Sanitation Engineering 
  • Supervision of dissertations on topics aligned to my research interests


  • Emergencies, Management and People
  • Disaster Risk Management (Taught and DL)
  • Humanitarian Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion
  • Supervision of dissertations on topics aligned to my research interests

Affiliations, awards, external activities and key collaborators

Recently completed projects

  • CPNI funded ‘Resilient Design (RE-DESIGN) for counter-terrorism: Follow-on funding’ project 

Short courses

  • ‘Water, hygiene and sanitation for health’: Biannual 2-week training course for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


  • Institution of Civil Engineers - ‘In Plain Sight: Reducing the Risk of Infrastructure Failure’
  • Health and Safety Executive – ‘Preventing catastrophic events in construction’ (Report RR834)
  • UNDRR – Peer reveiwer
  • World Bank GFDRR – Peer reviewer 

Professional affiliations

  • Fellow  Royal Geographical Society (2004-present)
  • Fellow  Higher Education Academy (2012-present)
  • Fellow  Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (2005-11)
  • Member of the Information and Research for Reconstruction (i-Rec) Group (2006-present)
  • Member of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT)  


  • 2017: Loughborough University – Teaching Innovation Award (joint-recipient)
  • 2014: Loughborough University – Academic Teaching Award
  • 2009: Institution of Civil Engineers – ‘ Reed and Malik Medal’ for a paper co-authored with Professor Jon Coaffee 

External activities

  • Co-ordinator, CIB Task Group 63 ‘Disasters and the Built Environment’ (2010-13)
  • Co-ordinator, CIB Working Commission W120 ‘Disasters and the Built Environment’ (2014-17)
  • Member, CIB Working Commission W120 ‘Disasters and the Built Environment’ (2014-present)
  • External examiner, ‘Safety Engineering and Disaster Management’ BEng/MEng Programmes at Ulster University (2016-present) 
  • External examiner, ‘Disaster Management’ BSc Programmes at Coventry University (2009-12)
  • External PhD examiner at University of Auckland (New Zealand), Coventry University (UK), UCL (UK), and North West University (South Africa 2019)
  • Editorial panel, ‘Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Urban Design and Planning’ (2011-16)
  • Conference Scientific Committee member: i-Rec Conferences (2008-present)
  • Conference Scientific Committee member: WEDC Conferences (2009-present) 

Key collaborators

My research and enterprise activities are conducted with a range of academic, governmental and non-governmental stakeholder partners, including:

  • Academic: University of Florida (USA), Ritsumeikan University (Japan), Can Tho University (Vietnam), Hue University (Vietnam), Nankai University (China), Universitas Diponegoro (Indonesia), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India), University College London (UK), University of Stirling (UK), University of Glasgow (UK), University of Auckland (New Zealand).
  • Stakeholders: Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), Home Office, National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), The Institute for Social and Environment Transition (ISET) (Vietnam), City Resilience Office Semarang (Indonesia), City Resilience Office Can Tho (Vietnam), International Council for Building (CIB), Médecins Sans Frontières (Netherlands), United Nations – Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR Switzerland), World Bank (GFDRR USA/Japan)


After an initial career as a laboratory technician, I personally experienced a couple of disasters  (a tropical cyclone and then an earthquake) that steered me towards a new career path. Thus in 2000, I graduated from Coventry University with a BSc in ‘Development & Health in Disaster Management’. Between 2001 and 2004 I 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.  

After a short period working on an independent review of training provided by the British Armed Services, I joined Loughborough University on a 1 year post-doctoral position in May 2005. After 2005, I worked as an investigator-researcher on two additional research projects (PRE-EMPT and RE-Design) before being recruited to a Lecturer position in WEDC in October 2009. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2012 and Reader in 2017. Since September 2017 I have taken on the role of the School’s Director of Doctoral Programmes.