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James Jeffers

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
Bath Spa University

Adaptation, Hazards, Flooding

Tell us about your background and your current role…

I have an academic training in geography and law. I apply social science research techniques to improve understandings of how local communities relate to and make decisions about natural hazards and climatic changes.

With regard to climate change what are the current issues facing your sector/area of expertise?

I am focusing my current research on two main areas. The first examines the causes and consequences of disagreements in flood hazards management and their implications for adaptation (e.g. stakeholder conflicts over whether to build flood defences). My second focus is on developing historically informed approaches to adaptation. This uses historical sources to improve our knowledge of past disasters and how communities responded to them, to see what lessons these offer for current adaptation.

With regard to climate change, what do you expect the future issues and solutions to be in your sector/area of expertise?

Future challenges include increasing climate impacts and vulnerabilities in coastal communities, engaging wider constituencies in adaptation decision–making, and the need to implement alternative adaptation options as structural engineering solutions will not be viable or appropriate for many locations.