Dr Kate Smith

Dr Kate Smith

Lecturer in Flood Risk Management

Faculty and Department

  • Institutes
  • Energy and Environmental Institute

Qualifications

  • BA (University of Sheffield)
  • PhD / DPhil (University of Sheffield)

Summary

Kate gained her PhD at the 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.

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Learning from arts and humanities approaches for building climate resilience in the UK

Brookes, E., McDonagh, B., Wagner, C., Ashton, J., Harvey-Fishenden, A., Kennedy-Asser, A., …Smith, K. (2023). Learning from arts and humanities approaches for building climate resilience in the UK. In S. Dessai, K. Lonsdale, J. Lowe, & R. Harcourt (Eds.), Quantifying Climate Risk and Building Resilience in the UK (75-89). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-39729-5_6

Dataset

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]

Digital Artefact

Wet Feet Warm Hearts Strong Places: a community created zine about flood resilience in Hull

Smith, K., Brookes, E., McDonagh, B., Chamberlain, J., Hughes, G., & Dorton, L. (2023). Wet Feet Warm Hearts Strong Places: a community created zine about flood resilience in Hull. [pdf]

Journal Article

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

Research interests

Sociohydrology, environmental humanities, participatory and arts-based methodologies, thematic analysis, social value and evaluation

Lead investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

NERC Discipline Hopping: Risky Cities Digital Twin

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

£11,010.00

Started

1 January 2023

Status

Complete

Co-investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Mapping Flood Recovery Gaps 2: Scaling up and creating legacy

Funder

AVIVA Foundation

Grant

£91,770.00

Started

1 May 2023

Status

Ongoing

Project

Risky Cities: Living with water in an uncertain future climate

Funder

AHRC Arts & Humanities Research Council

Grant

£333,903.00

Started

1 August 2020

Status

Complete

Project

Diversity to Decarbonise: Promoting EDI in the future workforce

Funder

EPSRC Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Grant

£168,790.00

Started

1 January 2023

Status

Complete

Project

NERC Discipline Hopping: Arts, Culture, Community and Climate Resilience: A Creative Policy Workshop  

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

£10,323.00

Started

1 December 2022

Status

Complete

Ethics role

FOSE Ethics committee, representing EEI

2021

National/International learned society/body role

Council Member, Folklore Society

2019

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