Dr Steven Forrest

Dr Steven Forrest

Lecturer in Flood Resilience and Sustainable Transformations

Faculty and Department

  • Institutes
  • Energy and Environmental Institute

Qualifications

  • PhD (University Of Groningen)

Summary

I am a lecturer at the Energy and Environment Institute and engage in research, teaching, and creating societal impact. I currently coordinate the 'Flood Adaptation and Mitigation' course as well as being the academic lead for a project funded by the Arriva Foundation on 'effective' post-flood recovery.

My research focuses on governing flood resilience and sustainable transformations, justice and equality in flooding, climate adaptation, the roles and responsibilities of citizens and civil society, and international comparative research. I am working on bridging the theory-practice gap in flood resilience as well as exploring the use of 'serious gaming' in flood risk management.

I have previously undertaken a post-doc at UJEP (Czech Republic) on flood risk management and serious gaming, and I completed my PhD on 'The Rise of Civil Society in Governing Flood Resilience' at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). Prior to this, I worked as an environmental/social sciences consultant at Collingwood Environmental Planning (UK).

Undergraduate

I am an active lecturer on the MSc Flood Risk Management course at the EEI and currently coordinate the 'Flood Adaptation and Mitigation' module. I am also a joint coordinator of the 'Managing Flood Incidents' module and a dissertation supervisor.

Previously, I have taught on flood resilience, urban planning, and socio-spatial inequalities at the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). I have been a course coordinator for the 'Dilemmas in Infrastructure Planning' and 'Comparative Research and Planning Practice' modules at the University of Groningen (alongside Professor Jos Arts and Dr Elen-Maarja Trell) and the 'Introduction to Resilience in Spatial Planning' course at the University of Tallinn (alongside Dr Elen-Maarja Trell).

I have experience of MSc dissertation supervision and have supervised students working on flood resilience, cascading disasters, public participation, climate adaptation, and tourism.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Socio-spatial inequalities in flood resilience: Rainfall flooding in the city of Arnhem

Forrest, S. A., Trell, E., & Woltjer, J. (2020). Socio-spatial inequalities in flood resilience: Rainfall flooding in the city of Arnhem. Cities, 105, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2020.102843

Emerging citizen contributions, roles and interactions with public authorities in Dutch pluvial flood risk management

Forrest, S. A., Trell, E., & Woltjer, J. (2021). Emerging citizen contributions, roles and interactions with public authorities in Dutch pluvial flood risk management. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 37(1), 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2019.1701999

Civil society contributions to local level flood resilience: Before, during and after the 2015 Boxing Day floods in the Upper Calder Valley

Forrest, S., Trell, E., & Woltjer, J. (2019). Civil society contributions to local level flood resilience: Before, during and after the 2015 Boxing Day floods in the Upper Calder Valley. Transactions - Institute of British Geographers, 44(2), 422-436. https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12279

Research interests

My Post-Doc at UJEP (The Netherlands) focused on serious gaming in flood risk management and urban planning; My PhD Thesis was completed at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and focused on the ‘Rise of Civil Society in Governing Flood Resilience’. The thesis followed a qualitative approach and involved fieldwork in England and the Netherlands.

I am currently pursuing further research into:

- Flood resilience and climate resilience

- Governance approaches and the role of civil society

- Sustainable transformations after disasters

- Socio-spatial inequalities and justice in flood risk management and climate adaptation

- Bridging the theory-practice gap in flood resilience

- International comparative research

- Serious gaming and its use in disaster resilience

I am open to research collaborations in other areas as well.

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising projects relating to my research interests or in related areas.

If you have an idea for a project then please email me with an outline of your project idea.