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Dr Ed Rollason

VC Fellow

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

I am an interdisciplinary geographer interested in the management of water and river catchments, and concepts centred around community participation in environmental decision-making and resilience. 

I have previously lectured at Teesside University, where I designed and delivered the physical geography components of the BSc Geography programme. I have taught across a broad range of topics including fluvial geomorphology and river management, Geographical Information Systems, and Water Management. 

I also have a background in environmental consultancy, having worked for a number of years at Jacobs Engineering at the beginning of my career as a flood risk management specialist. I continue to work closely with water and flood management practitioners to develop my research. 

My doctoral research explored community participation in catchment and river management and flood risk, exploring how people can be better integrated into the practices of flood risk management. I continue these research themes and am currently working on a Defra funded project exploring the reconceptualisation of Sustainable Drainage Systems as agents of urban development. Alongside this work I have also recently published papers on Interbasin Water Transfer, and I continue to develop research in this area. 

A am currently an independent member of the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (NRFCC) where I have a remit for community and resilience activities. I also serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Flood Risk Management. 

Ed Rollason

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research sits at the intersection of physical and human geography and is primarily focused on citizen participation in water management, with a particular interest in flooding and flood management. I draw from a broad range of methods from numerical modelling and traditional physical field research to participatory action research. 

In particular I am interested in:

  • The role of people in catchment and river management
  • The development of flood resilience at a community level
  • The development of more inclusive and participatory practices of environmental decision-making and management
  • Sustainability, participation, and power in large-scale water management schemes

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Interbasin water transfer in a changing world: a new conceptual model, Rollason, E., Sinha, P., Bracken, L. 29 Dec 2021, In: Progress in Physical Geography
  • A new framework for integrated, holistic, and transparent evaluation of inter-basin water transfer schemes, Sinha, P., Rollason, E., Bracken, L., Wainwright, J., Reaney, S. 15 Jun 2020, In: Science of the Total Environment
  • Evaluating the success of public participation in integrated catchment management, Rollason, E., Bracken, L., Hardy, R., Large, A. 15 Dec 2018, In: Journal of Environmental Management
  • Rethinking flood risk communication, Rollason, E., Bracken, L., Hardy, R., Large, A. 1 Jul 2018, In: Natural Hazards
  • The importance of volunteered geographic information for the validation of flood inundation models, Rollason, E., Bracken, L., Hardy, R., Large, A. 1 Jul 2018, In: Journal of Hydrology


  • Geography PhD January 11 2019
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA 2020

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