Dr Tim Harries


I am a behavioural scientist specialising in individual responses to flood hazards, sustainable consumption challenges and health risks. I have particular expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods but have also published quantitative research, including analyses of randomised controlled trials. While a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty (2011-2020) I won grants totalling £250K and published papers in Environment & Planning A, Global Environmental Change, International Small Business Journal, Sociology of Health & Illness and the European Journal of Marketing. I also taught research methods and social marketing, and supervised five PhD students. Previously, I was Senior Researcher at the National Centre for Social Research, Research Fellow at Flood Hazard Research Centre, ESRC Placement Fellow at Defra Flood Management and ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at King's College London. I am now a Visiting Researcher in the Faculty. 

Academic responsibilities

Visiting Researcher


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

Teaching and learning

While at Kinston, I led an undergraduate module on Market Research Methods and an MRes module on Qualitative Data Analysis. I also contributed classes on Social Marketing to undergraduate courses in Midwifery and Marketing and made contributions to master's courses in Disaster Management and Managing the Creative Industries. 

Previously, I taught an undergraduate module in Social Research Methods (London South Bank University), a master's module in Survey Design (King's College London) and a master's module in Environmental Science and Public Policy (King's College London).

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Expertise in teaching research methods to undergraduates and postgraduates


I have particular expertise in qualitative interviewing and qualitative discourse analysis and randomised controlled trials. Past research projects include:

- Promoting resilience in the reinstatement of flooded homes and small business premises (Defra)

- Small business resilience to flood risk (EPSRC)

- Using digital feedback to influence domestic electricity consumption (EPSRC)

- Using randomised controlled trials to test the effects of digital feedback on sustainability- and health-related behaviours (EPSRC)

- Understanding the self-management practices of teenagers with type-1 diabetes (SWaN)

Areas of specialism

  • Changing energy-consuming behaviours in the home
  • Encouraging domestic adaptation to flood risk
  • Running randomised controlled trials
  • Qualitative interviewing and analysis

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 32.


Herrmann, Melanie R., Costanza, Enrico, Brumby, Duncan P., Harries, Tim, das Graças Brightwell, Maria, Ramchurn, Sarvapali and Jennings, Nicholas R. (2021) Exploring domestic energy consumption feedback through interactive annotation. Energy Efficiency, ISSN (print) 1570-646X (Epub Ahead of Print)

Harries, Tim (2021) Understanding small business adaptation to natural hazards : a critical review. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 63, p. 102403. ISSN (print) 2212-4209

Aleshaiwi, Alia and Harries, Tim (2021) A step in the journey to food waste : how and why mealtime surpluses become unwanted. Appetite, 158, ISSN (print) 0195-6663

Harries, Timothy, Rettie, Ruth and Gabe, Jonathan (2019) Shedding new light on the (in)compatibility of chronic disease management with everyday life – social practice theory, mobile technologies and the interwoven timespaces of teenage life. Sociology Of Health & Illness, 41(7), pp. 1396-1409. ISSN (print) 0141-9889

Harries, Tim, McEwen, Lindsey and Wragg, Amanda (2018) Why it takes an 'ontological shock' to prompt increases in small firm resilience : sensemaking, emotions and flood risk. International Small Business Journal, 36(6), pp. 712-733. ISSN (print) 0266-2426

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

Harries, Tim (2017) Ontological security and natural hazards. In: Cutter, Susan L., (ed.) The Oxford research encyclopedia of natural hazard science. Oxford, U.K. : Oxford University Press.

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, 8519) 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, (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, 5(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

Mcewan, Lindsey, Wragg, Amanda and Harries, Tim (2016) Increasing small business resilience to flood risk : co-production in the development of a prototype e-learning tool to promote small business adaptation to flood risk. In: 3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management (FLOODrisk 2016); 17 - 21 Oct 2016, Lyon, France. ISSN (online) 2267-1242 ISBN 9781510833609

Coates, Graham, Wright, Nigel, McGuinness, Martina, Guan, Dabo, Harries, Tim and McEwan, Lindsey (2016) SESAME: exploring small businesses' behaviour to enhance resilience to flooding. In: 3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management (FLOODrisk 2016); 17 - 21 Oct 2016, Lyon, France. ISSN (online) 2267-1242 ISBN 9781510833609

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, 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)

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


Harries, Tim, Iskandarova, Marfuga and Genus, Audley (2019) Living lab country report – United Kingdom. (Project Report) ENERGISE - European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy. 65 p.

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)

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)

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 (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, Bell, Stephen, Kornfield, Robert, Lam, Ken, Orr, Larry, Ashworth, Karl, Adelman, Laura, Davis, Abigail, Hartfree, Yvette, Hill, Katherine, Greenberg, David, Kellard, Karen, Legge, Kate, Magadi, Monica, McDonald, Siobhan, Phung, Viet-Hai, Pound, Elspeth, De-Beaman, Sandra Reyes, Aston, Jane, Atkinson, John, Barkworth, Robert, Davis, Sara, Dewson, Sara, Evans, Ceri, Meager, Nigel, Ritchie, Helen, Willison, Rebecca, O'Regan, Siobhan, Arch, Josephine, Dillon, Lucy, Hales, Jon, Harries, Tim, Hayllar, Oliver, Kazimirski, Anne, Keenan, Laura, Lewis, Jane, Nevill, Camilla, Mangla, Jane, Pires, Candice, Shaw, Andrew, Taylor, Rebecca, Tipping, Sarah, Wood, Martin, Woodward, Catherine, Corden, Anne, Meah, Angela, Sainsbury, Roy, Thornton, Patricia and Saunders, Tanya (2007) New deal for disabled people : third synthesis report – key findings from the evaluation. (Project Report) London, U.K. : Department of Work & Pensions. 214 p. (Research Reports, no. 430) ISBN 9781847122117

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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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

My engagement with stakeholders in flood risk management was selected by Kingston University for submission as an Impact Case Study for the REF2021.

In 2017, I was awarded a Project Excellence Award (Customer Engagement) by the Environment Agency for my development (with Professor McEwen) of a webtool for promoting flood risk adaptation amongst small businesses. 

I have provided consultancy services to Defra, British Gas, the National Flood Forum and Collingwood Environmental Planning. 

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