Phiala Mehring has experienced flooding and is heavily involved in flood risk alongside her day job.
She is PhD researcher at Reading University – her original research project was “Get your water out of my lounge: Understanding institutional constructions and public perceptions of flooding and flood risk management.”
She has done further extensive research on the human cost of flooding which BeneathTheWaterline-ThePersonalCostOfFlooding encapsulates.
Slide 6 is particularly relevant – how communities can empower themselves to reduce flood risk by using their extensive knowledge of local flooding mechanisms to help the flood risk management authorities take a holistic approach. This is how Southwell Flood Forum aims to be the ‘conduit’ between that community knowledge and the Lead Flood Authority, Nottinghamshire County Council.
‘Floodie’ who helped form Lodden Valley Residents Association
Thames Regional Flood and Coast Committee member
Vice Chair of National Flood Forum
Steering group member of Loddon Catchment Partnership
Participating member of ESRC CASCADE-NET – Civil Agency, Society and Climate ADaptation to Weather Extremes.