Water Engineering and Development Centre

Water Hazards

Water Hazards, Risk and Resilience

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We undertake mixed methods and multi-hazards research into how a sustainable and resilient built environment can be best achieved, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

Areas of Expertise

Our particular areas of expertise include:

  • Catchment and flood modelling and management
  • Disaster risk management
  • Resilient and sustainable urbanism
  • Blue Green Infrastructure
  • Co-design of solutions with local stakeholders

Recent Research Highlights

BuGIS (Indonesia) – This Newton Fund project (£92k)  to increase the flood resilience of Semarang city by integrating Blue Green Infrastructure (BGI) into urban development planning.

Building Resilience (Nepal) – This GCRF Frontiers of Engineering for Development Seed funded project aimed to better understand the effectiveness of advice for increasing resilience of buildings and to improve knowledge exchange with informal construction stakeholders in Nepal.

ValBGI (Vietnam) – On this NERC funded project (£185k) we are working closely with stakeholders to co-develop an innovative modelling, assessment and valuation framework to examine the role of BGI in urban development. Through this work we will identify urban planning strategies that simultaneously promote flood resilience and investment into urban natural capital through the use of natural processes-based blue/green design options.

River basins as ‘living laboratories’ for achieving sustainable development goals across national and sub-national scales (China) – Using the Luanhe river basin as a case study, this NERC funded project (£130k) is quantifying basin hydrology, sediment transport, and ecosystem services under various scenarios of basin development and land use change, with the ultimate aim of assessing how changes in these relate to various interlinked Sustainable Development Goal targets.

Evaluating the resilience of critical infrastructure for emergency response to extreme flood events in Leicester City (UK) – Oo this NERC funded project (£82k) we worked with local city-level stakeholders to convert academic research/knowledge into usable information and tools for the local resilience forum. 

Education and Training

Disaster Risk Management is an optional module on our Water Management for Development MSc programme.

Postgraduate Research


We are delighted to be working with Leeds and Cranfield Universities on WATER-WISER, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water and Waste Infrastructure Systems Engineered for Resilience. 50 funded studentships are available over the next 5 years for UK and EU students.

Publications and Resources

Recent Journal Papers 

GREEN, A and CHMUTINA, K. 2019. Building climate resilience of UK’s rail network through a multihazard approach. In: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability, pp.1-9, ISSN: 1478-4629. DOI: 10.1680/jensu.18.00031. 

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): pp.460-477.

CHMUTINA, K and ROSE, J. 2018. Building resilience: knowledge, experience and perceptions among informal construction stakeholders. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 28, pp.158-164, ISSN: 2212-4209. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.02.039.


Lee Bosher and Ksenia Chmutina are authors of this key sector publication Disaster Risk Management.

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WEDC staff working particularly in these areas of expertise are:

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