FHRC, Middlesex University Higher Education Corporation



Middlesex University is a global university with 20,000 students, with its main campus in Hendon, North London. Middlesex has two overseas campuses: Dubai and Mauritius, as well as a Business School in Hong Kong and a network of 21 international regional offices organised into six world regions. It operates distance learning partnerships in Cyprus, Egypt, Hong Kong, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and China. Middlesex has formed partnerships with many prestigious institutions around the world, in countries as diverse as Egypt, Hong Kong, China, Hungary, Turkey, Greece, Botswana and the USA. Many of these institutions teach Middlesex degree courses in collaboration with UK academic staff.

Middlesex University has extensive experience of European Funding including Framework Programmes. Supported by the Research and Knowledge Transfer Office, MU has extensive expertise as a coordinator of FP projects in the areas of Social Sciences and Humanities as well as the areas of Security and Information Technology. It has supported numerous European Funded projects and it has been involved both as a partner and coordinator since FP4. In the area of Social Sciences and Humanities, to name a few, it has coordinated FP projects: Quality of Life (Framework Programme V) (OSCAR, proposal 01476), FP6 Citizens and Governance, (EMILIA –CIT3-CT-2005-513435) an Integrated Project including 17 partners; as partner it has been involved in ISADORA QLRT-2001-00911), QUALITY (FP6); a number of FP7 projects in this area, including GENDERACE and GEMMA. It is currently involved in other FP7 projects, two of which are CRISIS and WIDTH which, Middlesex University is coordinating.

The Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC) is an interdisciplinary centre based in the department of Social Sciences within the School of Health and Social Sciences at Middlesex University. The Centre comprises a small group of committed social and environmental scientists working together to improve policy making and its implementation in the fields of hazard, coastal and integrated water management. The Centre has been active since 1970 and is therefore one of the oldest Research Centres in the world concerned with water and environmental management. The Centre staff includes geographers, economists, sociologists, development specialists and environmental scientists.

FHRC specialises in the interaction between people and the environment, together with the analysis and appraisal of environmental policies. A large part of our research relates to the management of the water environment. Our aim is to develop our understanding of the relations between people, water and the environment, so as to reduce the risks from hazards and improve policies in the water environment for current and future generations. We are particularly keen to emphasise the link between socio-economic aspects of human behaviour and environmental change and thereby point to alternative solutions to environmental problems. As such we believe we are part of a general movement world-wide which emphasises sustainable solutions to environmental problems, involving a careful mix of socio-economic policies and sound environmental and engineering science. We have a publications list extending to over 500 items, including several substantial Manuals and research monographs. We also have a PhD and Masters level training programme.

The Flood Hazard Research Centre has extensive experience of national and international funding for research. Between 2008 and 2012, our UK OST-line funded EPSRC research contract on the Flood Risk Management Research Consortium (FRMRC1 and 2), which we have been undertaking here at Middlesex since 2004, was renewed. Other high esteem funding includes EU projects such as the EU FP7 project Sustainable Water for Tomorrow’s Cities and Homes (£900K Euros), EPIWATER, THESEUS, CONHAZ, all of which have facilitated considerable international collaboration. A wide range of other smaller EU grants have been obtained, and others for example from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, and the British Council.