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Dr Tracey Coates

School/Department: Natural & Built Environments
Position: Lecturer in Human Geography


Tracey joined the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment at Kingston University as Lecturer in Human Geography in February 2011. Previously based in the Flood Hazard Research Centre at Middlesex University she received a five year bursary to study for a PhD whilst undertaking part time teaching. In July 2010 she was awarded her PhD - 'The Conscious Community: Belonging, identities and networks in local communities' response to flooding'. This research connects the conceptual issues of locality and community to the experiences of those subject to flooding and the practicalities of Flood Risk Management policy to produce theoretically informed yet 'practical' research. She continues to carry out research which investigates the social aspects of hazards focusing in particular on flooding in the UK.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2004 - 2010 Ph. D. Middlesex University
  • 2004 - 2005 Postgrad. Certificate, Middlesex University - Research Methods in Social Science
  • 2000 - 2002 M.Sc. Geography, Health and Environment at Anglia Ruskin University
  • 1985 - 1988 1988 B.Sc. (Hons) Environmental Science at Anglia Ruskin University

Research Interests

» The changing conceptualisation of community and local community in the social sciences
» The nature of 'local' and belonging in a globalising world
» The role of urban and rural contexts and identities in community construction
» The factors influencing the ability of 'local communities' to respond collectively to flooding
» The impact that flooding has on residents understanding of local community
» The conceptualisation of community in flood policy and flood practitioner discourses
» The increasingly popular concept of 'community resilience'
» The potential for 'micro businesses' to contribute to local collective responses to flooding

PhD thesis available at:

Recent Research Projects

'Community Resilience in the Face of Adverse Events' – A research project for UK Government Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the UK Government Cabinet Office (Civil Contingencies Secretariat). This project explored the role and nature of community resilience in emergency response and recovery situations through case studies in the UK. (Completed Jan 2012)

An exploration of the factors influencing small business adoption of flood resilience measures - The research identified factors that influence small businesses' behaviours regarding adaptation to flood risk. Funded by the EPSRC. (Completed Nov 2011)

Teaching Area

GG1043/2043 – Globalising Worlds (Module Leader) GGM132 – Hazards and Society (Module Leader) GG2460 - Political Economy of Globalisation GL1890 – Secondary Data Sources (Subsidiary Module Leader) GG3825 - Development Geography GG2350 – Design and Management of Projects




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