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Dr Tim Harries

Senior Research Fellow

About

After completing my PhD at the Flood Hazard Research Centre (Middlesex), I moved to a one-year ESRC Placement Fellowship at Defra Flood Management, where I helped develop a policy for the promotion of property-level flood protection. I then won a prestigious ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at King's College London, before moving to Kingston University to manage and be lead researcher on CHARM, a £1.2m ESRC project involving RCT mixed-methods trials of digital behaviour change interventions. Next came grants totalling £250K from the EPSRC and SwAN and the development of an award-winning web-tool that helps engage small businesses with flood resilience.

Although I conduct both qualitative and quantitative research, my training in qualitative methods at LSE and the National Centre for Social Research has left me with a passion for qualitative methods and the promotion of better approaches to qualitative data collection and analysis. 

Areas of specialism

  • Behaviour change
  • Flood resilient behaviours amongst households and SMEs
  • Household electricity consumption
  • Promotion of walking
  • Qualitative research methods and skills
  • Social marketing
  • Social practice theory

Courses taught

Postgraduate

Qualifications

  • PhD, Middlesex University
  • MSc, Social Research Methods (Social Psychology), London School of Economics
  • BA, Politics and Literature, University of York

Professional membership

Member, British Sociological Association

Fellow, Royal Geographical Society

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Research

I use theories from social psychology (e.g. social representations theory and social identity theory) and sociology (social practice theory) to find ways of understanding and promoting behaviours linked to adaptation to flood risk, long-term health and environmental sustainability. 

Though I sometimes run randomised controlled trials and surveys (e.g. see www.projectcharm.info) my main approach to research questions is the interpretative paradigm. An expert and experienced qualitative interviewer and focus group facilitator, I use narrative approaches and discourse analysis to try get 'beneath the surface' of behaviour - working with participants to co-construct new understandings of behaviours and exposing the assumptions that underpin their ways of seeing the world.

My research has been funded by the ESRC, the EPSRC, Defra and the Southwest Academic Network. Most recently, I worked with four other UK universities on SESAME (www.sesame.uk.com and floodresilientbusiness.co.uk), a £1.3m study of SME resilience to flood risk. 

Publications

Number of items: 22.

Article

Harries, Tim, Eslambolchilar, Parisa, Rettie, Ruth, Stride, Chris, Walton, Simon and van Woerden, Hugo C. (2016) Effectiveness of a smartphone app in increasing physical activity amongst male adults : a randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 16(1), p. 925. ISSN (online) 1471-2458

Harries, Tim and Rettie, Ruth (2016) Walking as a social practice: dispersed walking and the organisation of everyday practices. Sociology of Health & Illness, 38(6), pp. 874-883. ISSN (print) 0141-9889

Harries, Tim, Rettie, Ruth, Studley, Matthew, Burchell, Kevin and Chambers, Simon (2013) Is social norms marketing effective? A case study in domestic electricity consumption. European Journal of Marketing, 47(9), pp. 1458-1475. ISSN (online) 0309-0566

Harries, Tim (2012) The anticipated emotional consequences of adaptive behaviour - impacts on the take-up of household flood-protection protective measures. Environment and Planning A, 44(3), pp. 649-668. ISSN (print) 0308-518X

Harries, Tim and Penning-Rowsell, Edmund (2011) Victim pressure, institutional inertia and climate change adaptation: the case of flood risk. Global Environmental Change Part A, 21(1), pp. 188-197. ISSN (print) 0959-3780

Harries, Tim (2008) Feeling secure or being secure? Why it can seem better not to protect yourself against a natural hazard. Health, Risk & Society, 10(5), pp. 479-490. ISSN (print) 1369-8575

Book Section

Rettie, Ruth, Burchell, Kevin and Harries, Tim (2014) Energy consumption feedback: engagement by design. In: Marcus, Aaron, (ed.) Design, user experience, and usability: user experience design for everyday life applications and services. Springer International Publishing. pp. 594-604. (Information Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI) ISSN (print) 0302-9743 ISBN 9783319076348

Harries, Tim, Rettie, Ruth and Studley, Matthew (2013) Is social norms marketing effective? A case study in domestic electricity consumption. In: Kubacki, Krzysztof and Rundle-Thiele, Sharyn, (eds.) Contemporary issues in social marketing. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 158-172. ISBN 9781443850247

Harries, Tim (2013) Responding to flood risk in the UK. In: Joffe, Helene , Rossetto, Tiziana and Adams, John, (eds.) Cities at risk: living with perils in the 21st century. Dordrecht, Germany : Springer. pp. 45-72. (Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, no. 33) ISBN 9789400761834

Harries, Tim, Eslambolchilar, Parisa, Stride, Chris, Rettie, Ruth and Walton, Simon (2013) Walking in the wild – using an always-on smartphone application to increase physical activity. In: Kotze, Paula , Marsden, Gary , Lindgaard, Gitte , Wesson, Janet and Winckler, Marco, (eds.) Human-computer interaction – INTERACT 2013: 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2-6, 2013, proceedings, part IV. Berlin Heidelberg, Germany : Springer. pp. 19-36. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, no. 8120) ISSN (print) 0302-9743 ISBN 9783642404979

Harries, Tim (2012) Why most "at-risk" homeowners do not protect their homes from flooding. In: Lamond, Jessica , Booth, Colin , Hammond, Felix and Proverbs, David, (eds.) Flood hazards: impacts and responses for the built environment. Boca Raton, Florida, U.S. : CRC Press. pp. 327-341. ISBN 9781439826256

Thurston, N., Finlinson, B., Williams, N., Shaw, J., Goudie, J. and Harries, T. (2008) Evaluating the benefits and limitations of property based flood resistance and resilience - a UK perspective. In: Samuels, P. , Huntington, S. , Allsop, W. and Harrop, J., (eds.) Flood risk management: research and practice. Leiden, Netherlands : CRC Press. pp. 979-987. ISBN 9780415485074

Harries, Tim (2008) Overcoming the barriers to household-level adaptation to flood risk. In: Samuels, P. , Huntington, S. , Allsop, W. and Harrop, J., (eds.) Flood risk management: research and practice. Leiden, Netherlands : CRC Press. pp. 999-1003. ISBN 9780415485074

Conference or Workshop Item

Harries, Tim (2016) Putting interview skills at the centre of undergraduate qualitative methods teaching. In: 1st Innovation in Teaching Research Methodology Awards at 15th European Conference on Research Methodology (ECRM) for Business and Management Studies; 09-10 Jun 2016, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. ISBN 9781910810972

Harries, T., Coates, G., McEwen, L., McGuiness, M., Guan, D., Johnson, N., Li, C., Wragg, A., Wright, N. and Ahilan, S. (2015) The SESAME project on small businesses: understanding flood impacts, evaluating the effects of adaptation and promoting resilience. In: International Water Resources Association (IWRA) XV World Water Congress: Global Water: A Resource for Development: Opportunities, Challenges and Constraints; 25-29 May 2015, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Harries, Tim (2011) CHARM project. In: Changing User Behaviour in Buildings; 24 Mar 2011, London, U.K..

Harries, Tim, Rettie, Ruth and Burchell, Kevin (2011) Practice theory and household energy consumption. In: Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with the Institute of British Geographers (IBG) Annual International Conference 2011: The Geographical Imagination; 31 Aug - 2 Sep 2011, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Monograph

Twigger-Ross, Clare, Orr, Paula, Brooks, Katya, Sadauskis, Rolands, Deeming, Hugh, Fielding, Jane, Harries, Tim, Johnston, Ruth, Kashefi, Elham, McCarthy, Simon, Rees, Yvonne and Tapsell, Sue (2015) Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder evaluation: final evaluation report. (Project Report) London, U.K. : Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 199 p. (Joint Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Research and Development Programme, no. FD1664)

Twigger-Ross, C. [Research team head], Kashefi, E. [Research team member], Weldon, S. [Research team member], Brooks, K. [Research team member], Deeming, H. [Scientific advisor], Forrest, S. [Scientific advisor], Fielding, J. [Scientific advisor], Gomersall, A., Harries, T. [Scientific advisor], McCarthy, S. [Research team member], Orr, P. [Research team member], Parker, D. [Scientific advisor] and Tapsell, S. [Scientific advisor] (2014) Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder Evaluation: Rapid Evidence Assessment. (Project Report) London, U.K. : Defra. 119 p. (Rapid Evidence Assessment)

Harries, Tim, Costanza, Enrico and Brightwell, Maria das Graças (2014) Transforming feedback - a study of how interactive, engagement-oriented feedback can enhance behaviour change around electricity consumption. (Project Report) London, U.K. : Sustainable Society Network. 13 p. (Working Papers, no. 2)

Harries, Tim (2010) Review of the pilot flood protection grant scheme in a recently flooded area. (Technical Report) London, U.K. : Defra. 42 p. (R&D Technical Report, no. FD2651)

Stafford, Bruce, Ashworth, Karl, Davis, Abigail, Hartfree, Yvette, Hill, Katherine, Kellard, Karen, Legge, Kate, McDonald, Siobhan, Reyes De-Beaman, Sandra, Aston, Jane, Atkinson, John, Davis, Sara, Evans, Ceri, Lewis, Jane, O'Regan, Siobhan, Harries, Tim, Kazimirski, Anne, Pires, Candice, Shaw, Andrew, Woodward, Catherine, Corden, Anne, Sansbury, Roy and Thornton, Patricia (2004) New Deal for Disabled People (NDDP): First synthesis report. (Project Report) London, UK : Department for Work & Pensions. (Department for Work and Pensions Research Reports, no. W199)

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