Sarah Johnson

MSci Physical Geography (Loughborough University)

  • Research Student

PhD Topic/Title: Emergency service provision to disadvantaged populations during times of flooding


In 2019, Sarah graduated from Loughborough University with First Class Honours in Physical Geography and was awarded a CENTA2 NERC Studentship to further her academic research.


Sarah’s PhD project is a global assessment of flood impact on emergency service provision to vulnerable populations under climate change. Via the use of Big Geographical and Climate Data, this project will evaluate global ‘hotspots’ of vulnerable populations, in terms of Ambulance and Fire and Rescue Service accessibility within regulatory timeframes, during flood events of various magnitude under climate change scenarios. An economic assessment will also be undertaken to express actionable risk information in monetary terms. The findings generated from this project can be used by national and international decision-makers to inform their adaptation strategies.