Meet the Team

Dr Paul O’Hare is a Lecturer in Geography and Development at Manchester Metropolitan University. His primary research interest revolves around efforts to engage ‘the public’ in governance and planning decision-making processes and flood protection, and in the contribution that civil society organisations may make to policy formulation and implementation.

Further information and contact details: http://www.sste.mmu.ac.uk/staff/staffbiog/default.asp?StaffID=976

Iain White is Professor of Environmental Planning at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Prior to this he was the Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology at the University of Manchester, UK. His research focuses upon the interface of the natural and built environments and he has written widely in this field, particularly connected to water, risk and flood resilience. His work has been supported by a significant number of EU and UK Research Council grants and he has been awarded over £1.25m as either PI or Co-I. These awards have come from a number of sources: research councils, the European Union, government agencies, NGOs and the private sector.

Further information and contact details: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/fass/about/staff/iainw

Dr Stephen Garvin is a Director at the Building Research Establishment. He has been involved in construction research and consultancy for over 25 years. He has undertaken a wide range of research supporting the development of policy and building regulations throughout the UK, as well as research on innovation in construction and environmental technologies. Stephen led the EUFP7 research project on technologies, systems and tools for the resilience of the built environment (SMARTesT Project: www.floodresilience.eu).

Further information and contact details: http://www.bre.co.uk/page.jsp?id=874

Dr Angela Connelly is a Research Associate at the Manchester Architecture Research Centre who has worked on a number of projects relating to climate change within the fields of architecture and planning.

Further information and contact details: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/research/angela.connelly-2/research

Nigel Lawson is a geographer and is now an Honorary Research Fellow at University of Manchester and a Fellow of the UNESCO UK Man and Biosphere Urban Forum. He has extensive experience in flood management and flood resilience having been a member of European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research’s COST Action on Urban Flood Management and a principal researcher in the Defra/EU ERA-NET CRUE European Flood Risk Management Risk Assessment and Risk Management in Small Urban Catchments and in the EU FP7 funded SMARTeST Project. His particular interests include the role and the responsibilities of the state, the private sector and the individual in flood risk management.

Further information and contact details: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/research/nigel.lawson/