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Lecturer in Flood Risk Management
Kate gained her PhD at former National Centre for English Cultural Tradition, within the School of English at the University of Sheffield. During her PhD research she taught at Sheffield and the Open University, as well as at Hull York Medical School, and coordinated modules in cultural and environmental anthropology in the department of Social Science and Criminology at Hull.
Her research interests span a wide range of interdisciplinary topics in cultural anthropology and sociohydrology, but centre around the interactions between water, people, landscape and identity, and in participatory methodologies and thematic analysis. Her work within the Energy and Environment Institute has included nationally significant research on using mobile technologies for flood warnings, using social value as a way of evaluating flood resilience innovation, and understanding the impact of large-scale public art interventions on people’s engagement with action for climate empowerment.
Her work in flood risk and resilience started in the Flood Innovation Centre, developing novel and creative ways to engage diverse publics with flood resilience and climate change adaptation. She combines research and KE with teaching on the Energy and Environment Institute’s MSc in Flood Risk Management. She is also a member of the Folklore Society's council, has been a judge for the Katherine Briggs book prize, and co-wrote the Society's ethics position statement.
Kate currently contributes to teaching on several modules with the EEI's MSc in Flood Risk management. She supervises student dissertations for this course, and is a second supervisor on two PhDs within the Centre for Water Cultures.
Testing the public's response to receiving Severe Flood Warnings using simulated Cell Broadcast
Smith, K. R., Grant, S., & Thomas, R. E. (2022). Testing the public’s response to receiving Severe Flood Warnings using simulated Cell Broadcast. [Dataset]
Learning histories, participatory methods and creative engagement for climate resilience
McDonagh, B., Brookes, E., Smith, K., Worthen, H., Coulthard, T., Hughes, G., …Chamberlain, J. (2023). Learning histories, participatory methods and creative engagement for climate resilience. Journal of Historical Geography, 82, 91-97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2023.09.002
Review: Performing Environmentalisms
Smith, K. (2023). Review: Performing Environmentalisms. Folklore, https://doi.org/10.1080/0015587X.2022.2100080
Book review: Consuming Katrina: Public disaster and personal narrative by Kate Parker Horrigan
Smith, K. (in press). Book review: Consuming Katrina: Public disaster and personal narrative by Kate Parker Horrigan. Folklore, https://doi.org/10.1080/0015587X.2022.2090666
Review Of 'Unlearning Rethinking Poetics Pandemics And The Politics Of Knowledge' Charles L. Briggs
Smith, K. (in press). Review Of 'Unlearning Rethinking Poetics Pandemics And The Politics Of Knowledge' Charles L. Briggs. Folklore, https://doi.org/10.1080/0015587X.2022.2046406
Sociohydrology, environmental humanities, participatory and arts-based methodologies, thematic analysis, social value and evaluation
NERC Natural Environment Research Council
1 January 2023
EPSRC Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council
1 May 2023
AHRC Arts & Humanities Research Council
1 August 2020
1 December 2022
FOSE Ethics committee, representing EEI
Council Member, Folklore Society
Energy and Environment Institute
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