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Miss Kate Rawlings BSc (Hons) in Geography (2015) from the University of Southampton and MSc (Dist.) in Risk (2017) from Durham University

Postgraduate research student

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Miss Kate Rawlings is a Postgraduate Research Student within the School of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

I undertook my undergraduate degree in Physical Geography at the University of Southampton in 2012, with my interest in how environmental hazards affect road travel in communities developed through my dissertation project investigating the impact of storm surges on Tampa, Florida’s road system. Following my graduation from Southampton, I began a master’s in Risk (specialising in environmental hazards) at Durham University. This one year course allowed me to expand my theoretical knowledge and technical skills in risk management and my applied dissertation project used flood modelling to assess the potential impact of flood defences at a local industrial site.

In 2016 I began my ESRC funded PhD project at the University of Southampton, which draws upon the research interests and knowledge acquired from my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Research interests

  • Environmental hazards

  • Spatiotemporal population modelling

  • Network and geospatial analysis

  • Risk analysis

PhD Supervision

Dr Jim Wright (Southampton),

Dr Alan Smith (Plymouth) and

Dr Sally Brown (Southampton/Bournemouth)

PhD title: Modelling Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Population, Flooding and Road Travel for Enhanced Risk Assessment

Funding body: Economic and Social Research Council

Background: When places flood, the disruption to road travel is often on of the biggest problems. Flood risk assessments often test the impact of varying the flood hazard properties (size, depth, velocity and frequency of flood) but it has been recognised that the time when a flood hits is important as the number of people in an area changes over time. However this dynamic is not captured in typical flood risk assessments. The existence of new gridded formats of population data (for example the Population 24/7 model), which provide a finer spatial and temporal resolution than traditional census data, means this dynamic can now be explored. This PhD is bringing social and physical science theory together to answer this applied problem.

Main research question: Are changes in population as important as changes in flood hazard when assessing the impact on road travel?

Population 24/7 research project.




Research group

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

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During my PhD I have demonstrated on the following undergraduate modules:

GEOG 1011 Dangerous World

GEOG 2010 Introductory GIS

GEOG 2037 Global Water Resources

GEOG 2021/3006 Advanced GIS

GEOG 3067 Applied GIS: Using GIS in the Workplace

And the following postgraduate module:

GEOG 6061

Miss Kate Rawlings
Building 44 University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ

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