Perceptions of floods and flood risk in Hull past/present/future


Funded PhD


3 years (full-time)

Application deadline:

Wednesday 23 January 2019

About this project

Hull is a city born of water and one that has long been at risk of all four types of flooding (surface water; ground water; tidal, including storm surges; and fluvial).

A flood of the 1250s most likely changed the course of the river Hull, allowing the modern town to be founded on its current site and further floods were recorded in 1265, the 1390s and 1646. More recently, Hull suffered from severe surface water flooding in 2007, the largest storm surge since 1953 struck in December 2013 and further flooding occurred in 2016.

As a response to recent events, the Living with Water partnership (comprised of Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency and Arup) have installed three flood alleviation schemes to the north of Hull, with a further three in planning.

This PhD project seeks to assess changing public perceptions of flood risk in both historical and contemporary contexts. It has three linked strands of research activity: public perceptions of flood risk; past flood histories; an exhibition on local flood perceptions.

The University's Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme. 

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chains to slavery. 

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Full-time UK/EU and International PhD Scholarships will include tuition fees and maintenance (£14,777 in 2018/19) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 1st class undergraduate degree in human geography, history, environmental humanities or Masters level research qualification in a relevant discipline. A 2:1 may be considered, if combined with relevant experience.

Interviews will be held between 7 and 27 February 2019.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 15 March 2019 at the latest.

Studentships will start on 16th September 2019.