Dr Andrew Holmes

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About me

In January 2013 I took up the post of Research Associate on the ESRC Flood Memories project at UWE. I am currently working on this project as well as two others: The ESRC knowledge exchange - Sustainable flood memory - trialling digital storytelling as a form of adaptive learning and knowledge exchange for resilience in ‘at risk communities’; and the DEFRA Community Pathfinder project which pilots different forms of engagement and co-working in order to build community resilience to flood risk.
My research interests are at the interface of oral history and flood resilience. I believe that engaging people with their flood histories and carrying out collaborative work within communities is the most effective way of building flood resilience.
My interest in oral history interviewing began when I was working towards my PhD at Cranfield University. I was looking for an effective way to integrate the local knowledge of farmers in rural parts of England, Italy and Romania into an EU crop modelling project called STAMINA, which was looking at climate change and future, rural land-use. In order to access this local knowledge I explored oral history techniques.
Following my PhD, I became a Research Associate at the University of Sussex on the River Ouse Project. This project enabled the local knowledge held within the Upper Ouse catchment to inform the work of the ecologists trying to re-establish flood-friendly grasslands in rural Sussex.
Between 2009 and 2010 I worked as a Policy Advisor for the Water Availability and Quality (WAAQ) department at Defra.
 
 

Area of expertise

I specialise in longitudinal engagement with different types flood risk communities – from hilly farming areas to deprived urban settings. Examples of my work include oral history interviewing, digital storytelling creation, film-making and community storytelling workshops. I also enjoy the technical challenges of adapting research practices to meet the demands of interdisciplinary work.

 

 

 

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