Dr Lee Bosher BSc, PGC, PhD, FRGS, FHEA
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
- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT)
- 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
- 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
- Unpacking resilience policy discourse
- Built-in resilience through disaster risk reduction: Operational issues
- Sustainability and resilience in the built environment: The challenges of establishing a turquoise agenda in the UK
- Flood Impacts on Emergency Responders Operating at a City-Scale
- Bosher L.S. and Chmutina K., (2017), Disaster Risk Reduction for the built environment: An introduction, Wiley ISBN: 978-1-118-92149-4
- Chmutina, K, Jigyasu, R, Bosher, L.S., (2017), Integrating DRR including CCA into the delivery and management of the built environment. In Kelman, I, Mercer, J, Gaillard, JC (eds.), Routledge Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Handbook, Routledge, London https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/handle/2134/25011
- Caballero-Megiddo C., Hillier J., Wyncol D., Gouldby B., and Bosher L.S., (2017), ‘Technical Note: Comparison of methods for threshold selection for extreme sea levels’, Journal of Flood Risk Management, Vol.1. doi:10.1111/jfr3.12296 https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/handle/2134/23942
- Green, D. Yu, D. Pattison, I. Wilby, R. Bosher, L.S., Patel, R. Thompson, P. Trowell, K. Draycon, J. Halse, M. Yang, L. and Ryley T., (2017), ‘City-scale Accessibility of Emergency Responders Operating during Flood Events’, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Vol.17, pp.1-16 https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/handle/2134/23501
- Chmutina K., Lizarralde G., Bosher L.S. and Dainty A.R.J. (2016), ‘Unpacking resilience policy discourse: between rhetoric and realities’, Cities, Vol. 58, pp. 70–79 https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/handle/2134/21496
- Bosher L.S., Johnson C. & Von Meding J., (2015), ‘Reducing disaster risk in cities: moving towards a new set of skills’, Proceedings of the ICE - Civil Engineering, 168(3): pg.99 http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/10.1680/cien.2015.168.3.99
- 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 https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/handle/2134/17349
- 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 in the UK’, Sustainable Cities and Society, Vol. 15, pp.96–104 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2210670714001395?via%3Dihub
- Bird S.N., Ruikar K., Bosher L.S., Glockling J. and Bouchlaghem N.M., (2014) ‘Decision structuring method for the selection of fixed firefighting systems: Development and lessons learned from case studies’, WIT Transactions on ITC, Vol. 47, pp.263-274 https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/handle/2134/14030
- Bosher L.S., (2014), ‘Built-in resilience’ through Disaster Risk Reduction: Operational issues’, Building Research & Information, Vol. 42, No.2, pg. 240-254 https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/handle/2134/14030
- Chmutina K. and Bosher L.S., (2014), ‘Construction in Barbados: Keeping natural hazards in mind?, Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 23, No.2, pp. 175-196 https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/handle/2134/14167