Sam Ramsden

Dr Sam Ramsden

Research Associate: Flood Resilience in Vulnerable Communities

Faculty and Department

  • Institutes
  • Energy and Environmental Institute

Qualifications

  • MSc (University of Sheffield)
  • PhD (University of Hull)

Summary

Building resilient and sustainable communities: Research, evaluations, programme design and management: resilient and sustainable communities in UK & international development contexts, feeding results into policy and practice.

Currently researching flood resilience in vulnerable communities.

My main focus is managing a research project exploring flood resilience for the University of Hull & Living with Water (a partnership between local councils, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency). Conducted a survey of over 650 households focusing on: experience of flooding; awareness and resilience. Feeding back results to communities, private sector, flood risk management agencies and academia.

In 2018, I completed PhD exploring the impacts of a sustainable place-making project working with marginalised people. My research was combined with a monitoring and evaluation role for the Green Prosperity project - a £1m Big Lottery Fund project managed by a local charity in Hull. In 2017 and 2018, also conducted evaluations for Sheffield Hallam University of projects aiming to strengthen communities and improve the local environment in the UK, and produced Child Rights Situation Analyses for Save the Children in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

Before my postgraduate research, I was a programme manager for charities, including Oxfam and VSO, in Papua New Guinea, Pakistan and Vanuatu, working with marginalised communities. I moved into international development as a VSO volunteer, changing career from conducting value-for-money audits of UK NHS Trusts and local authorities.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

"It's one of the few things that?…?pulls us together when the outside world is really tough." Exploring the outcomes and challenges of a charity-led community garden in a disadvantaged English city

Ramsden, S. (in press). “It’s one of the few things that?…?pulls us together when the outside world is really tough.” Exploring the outcomes and challenges of a charity-led community garden in a disadvantaged English city. Local environment, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2021.1886067

Tackling fuel poverty through household advice and support: Exploring the impacts of a charity-led project in a disadvantaged city in the United Kingdom

Ramsden, S. (2020). Tackling fuel poverty through household advice and support: Exploring the impacts of a charity-led project in a disadvantaged city in the United Kingdom. Energy research & social science ERSS, 70, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101786

Shoots and leaves: exploring the impacts and fragile sustainability of sustainable place-making projects working with marginalised people

Ramsden, S. (2020). Shoots and leaves: exploring the impacts and fragile sustainability of sustainable place-making projects working with marginalised people. Voluntary Sector Review, https://doi.org/10.1332/204080520x15898294617450

Report

Hull Household Flooding Survey Summary Infographic

Ramsden, S., & Davidson, G. (2020). Hull Household Flooding Survey Summary Infographic. University of Hull

Research interests

Flood Resilience in Vulnerable Communities.

Sustainable place-making including community gardening and community energy

Charities and the voluntary sector

Across UK and International Development Contexts