Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC) at Middlesex University was
established in 1970 to examine the relationship between people and
the hazards that they face (specialising in flood hazards). It is
staffed by an interdisciplinary group of geographers, sociologists,
economists and natural scientists, and in 2000 won the prestigious
UK Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its work over many years.
The Centre’s work has focused for more than 25 years on the
damages that floods cause, working in both the UK and overseas.
This research has been based on the meticulous analysis of actual
flood events, and comprehensive investigations of secondary sources
of data on socio-economic conditions of flood prone areas, from
which to derive secondary sources data indicators on flood vulnerability.
This research has resulted in a multi-million item dataset on flood
damages. This dataset has been refined over these many years and
published in a serious of Manuals (1977; 1987; 1992; 2003) and the
data have become the ‘industry standard’ for appraising
the damage effects of flood in the UK. The publications have been
supported by DEFRA (the UK central government flood Ministry) and
are in widespread use by the UK Environment Agency. The FHRC has
worked extensively in Europe, co-ordinating the EUROflood project
(1992-6) under the EPOCH programme. The Centre has participated
in the RIBAMOB concerted action, and is now involved in the OSIRIS
project as part of the Technical Review Committee. The results of
the Centre’s research have been applied in more than a score
of countries worldwide.
For further information visit the Middlesex University website