Research Assistant in Effective Flood Resilience

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7079746 (Ref.No. ENVEE1469)
Posted: June 11, 2021

Job Description

Are you an early career researcher looking into some additional experience on research assistance? Do you have experience with flood risks, property flood resilience, and SME disaster/flood recovery?  

Flooding represents one of the major climate change risks in the UK. During the last decade, flooding events have affected numerous regions of the country, such as those registered in late 2012 and during Boxing Day 2016. Climate change implies that flooding is likely to become more frequent and more severe in the coming decades, bringing potential disruption to the economy. Flooding causes direct loss and damage to communities, businesses and infrastructure, and also has knock-on effects that can be wide-reaching and significant.

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), which comprise the majority of firms in the private sector, can be highly vulnerable to flood impacts. But, how SMEs can protect themselves adequately to flood events is an under researched area, while insurers or lenders do not fully understand the risks to provide adequate and affordable lending and insurance products to SMEs.

You will work with Dr Paola Sakai and be part of wider partnerships with the insurance industry and other sectors and will want to move forward the agenda of improving SMEs flood resilience across the UK and other parts of the world.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Paola Sakai, UKRI Research and Innovation Fellow and Michael Beverley Innovation Fellow

Tel: +44(0) 113 343 7966


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £27,511 to £32,817 p.a.
Working Time:  100% - We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (for 3 months – due to external funding)
Release Date:  Wednesday 09 June 2021
Closing Date:  Wednesday 16 June 2021
Reference:  ENVEE1469

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