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Dr Kate Smith


Kate Smith

Knowledge Exchange Fellow In Flood and Society

Biography Kate gained her PhD at former National Centre for English Cultural Tradition, within the School of English at the University of Sheffield. During her PhD research she taught at Sheffield and the Open University, as well as at Hull York Medical School, and coordinated modules in cultural and environmental anthropology in the department of Social Science and Criminology at Hull.

Her research interests span a wide range of interdisciplinary topics in cultural anthropology and sociohydrology, but centre around the interactions between water, people, landscape and identity, and in participatory methodologies and thematic analysis. Her work within the Energy and Environment Institute has included nationally significant research on using mobile technologies for flood warnings, using social value as a way of evaluating flood resilience innovation, and understanding the impact of large-scale public art interventions on people’s engagement with action for climate empowerment.

Her current role extends the work she started in the Flood Innovation Centre, developing novel and creative ways to engage diverse publics with flood resilience and climate change adaptation, and combines research and KE with teaching on the Energy and Environment Institute’s MSc in Flood Risk Management.
Research Interests Sociohydrology, environmental humanities, participatory and arts-based methodologies, thematic analysis, social value and evaluation
Teaching and Learning Kate currently contributes to teaching on several modules with the EEI's MSc in Flood Risk management. She supervises student dissertations for this course, and is a second supervisor on two PhDs within the Centre for Water Cultures.