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Dr Tracey Coates

Senior lecturer in Human Geography


I am currently Course Director for the Environmental Hazards and Disaster Management BSc and the Hazards and Disaster Management MSc. These courses use interactive teaching methods, real life scenarios and practical experiences with academic staff and practitioners. As a human geographer I teach across both the human geography and hazards courses.

Previously based in the Flood Hazard Research Centre at Middlesex University, in 2010 I was awarded my PhD - 'The Conscious Community: Belonging, identities and networks in local communities' response to flooding'.

I continue to conduct research on the social aspects of hazards, focusing in particular but not exclusively on flooding in the UK.

Recent research themes include:

  • The potential for spatial planning to promote resilience to flooding and erosion in Europe
  • Community resilience in emergency response and recovery situations in the UK
  • The role of small businesses in community resilience

More info:

Areas of specialism

  • Social aspects of disasters
  • Community resilience
  • Social responses to flooding in the UK
  • Qualitative research


  • PhD ‘The Conscious Community: Belonging, identities and networks in local communities' response to flooding'
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods
  • MSc Geography, Health and Environment
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

Professional membership

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Royal Geographical Society


Researcher on the European THESEUS project (Innovative technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate) Grant Agreement 244104. This was the largest Integrated Project within coastal risk assessment and mitigation funded by the European Commission (6,530,000 €) and consisted of 31 partner institutes. The THESEUS-project consortium developed a Decision Support System (DSS) to help decision makers and practitioners design sustainable coastal protection strategies. My role was to explore the potential of spatial planning to promote resilience and reduce the impacts that hazards have on the coast. Qualitative research methods were used to compare across a number of European field sites. July 2012 - Nov 2013.

Member of the expert advisory group for the 'Flood Advocacy & Support Service for Communities in Wales' research project for the Welsh Government. The project was carried out by AD Research and Analysis together with researchers at Cardiff University. (Completed July 2012)

Developed a successful shared research application with Collingwood Environmental Planning for a project proposed by the UK Government Cabinet Office (funded by DSTL). Co-authored final report. Helped to organise and facilitate a workshop bringing together: Cabinet Office and DSTL staff, Emergency Planners, Neighbourhood Managers (local council), Environment Agency officers, Health Protection Agency staff, National Flood Forum Representatives, community members and academics. (Completed April 2012)

Researcher on EPSRC/RGS-IBG funded project: "An exploration of the factors influencing small business adoption of flood resilience measures" (Completed Nov 2011)

Report editor and contributor to the EU funded CapHaz-Net Research Project - Social Capacity Building for Natural Hazards: Toward More Resilient Societies, WP3 Risk Perception.  Dialogik, Germany (Completed Sept 2010)


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Coates, Tracey (2015) Understanding local community construction through flooding: The ‘conscious community’ and the possibilities for locally based communal action. Geo : Geography and Environment, 2(1), pp. 55-68. ISSN (online) 2054-4049

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