Profile: Roger Few

Dr Roger Few, School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Roger is a social scientist whose research centres on environment and health in developing countries. He is especially interested in how both people at risk and health system institutions perceive and respond to the potential health impacts of climatic and environmental hazards.

Roger Few is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He has a background in human geography, political ecology, and environment and health in developing countries. His current research focuses on vulnerability and adaptation to environmental/climatic hazards, with special interest in how households, communities and institutions respond to the health risks associated with extreme weather events and other hazards. He currently completed a Research Fellowship funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council on Climatic hazards, health risks and response in developing countries, and has ongoing projects on these themes in Vietnam and Mexico funded by the UK research councils. He is also lead coordinator of a new international research network on environment, health and development to be launched during 2008.

Previous work has included projects on flooding and health funded by the British Academy and by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (Roger is an Affiliated Researcher of the Tyndall Centre). Prior to joining UEA, Roger held a postdoctoral research post in urban health and development at London South Bank University. Applied research is a complementary component of the academic research. Roger recently participated in the study Disaster Risk Reduction: A Development Concern commissioned by the UK Government s Department for International Development, and he was team leader for the project Linking Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management for Sustainable Poverty Reduction funded by the European Commission as a contribution to the multi-agency Vulnerability and Adaptation Resource Group (VARG). His publications include Flood Hazards and Health: Responding to Present and Future Risks (Earthscan, 2006) and Health and Climatic hazards: Framing Social Research on Vulnerability, Response and Adaptation (Global Environmental Change journal, 2007).

Roger may be contacted at r.few@nulluea.ac.uk.

Updated: June 2008