Professor Lindsey McEwen

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Professor Lindsey McEwen MA (Hons) PhD FRGS ARSGS FHEA NTF is Professor of Environmental Management within the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and Director of the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience (CWCR). As a geographer, she designs and delivers innovative interdisciplinary co-produced research in different hazard settings for 'impact'. Over 30 years, her research interests include: flood histories/archives, water risk management (flood-drought continuum), the integration of specialist and lay knowledge to support local risk decision-making; water science communication/ education and community-based research and learning.  She has successfully led several 'engaged' interdisciplinary, UK Research and Innovation-funded projects in water risk management, working at intersections of the natural and social sciences, and the arts and humanities, and involving multi-stakeholder partnerships.  These include: ESRC Sustainable Flood Memories and NERC DRY (Drought Risk and You) projects.  Lindsey combines her subject-based research interests in different aspects of water risk with a long-standing strand of pedagogic research interest. She is a UK Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow (2009)Further information about her research activity and knowledge exchange activities, and the projects can be found here.

Area of expertise

·      Historic flood patterns, their synchronicity and implications for flood risk assessment
·      Fluvial landscape sensitivity to changing flood and sediment patterns (linked to integrated catchment management)
·      Cold environment river dynamics and broader Late Holocene landscape evolution
·      Flood Risk management and water resource management
·      Flood memory, flood narratives, local knowledge and community resilience
·      Flood education and flood science communication
·   Community engagement
·       Pedagogic research and its development (Education for Sustainable Development; Community-based/ engaged learning; taught postgraduate education)


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