Biography

I have a background in human geography, political ecology, and environment and health in developing countries. My current research focuses on vulnerability and adaptation to climatic and environmental hazards, with special interest in how households, communities and institutions respond to the risks, and what influences, promotes and constrains their responses. 

Much of my work lies at the confluence between research on disaster risk reduction and on climate change adaptation, with linkages to themes of livelihoods/wellbeing, water security and environmental justice. Recent and ongoing research projects include: ‘Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR)’, funded by IDRC/DFID (CARIAA), with work primarily in East Africa; ‘Strategic Research into National and Local Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Management’ with Oxford Policy Management, funded by IFRC; and ‘Strengthening Resilience in Volcanic Areas – STREVA’, funded by NERC-ESRC, with research in South America and the Caribbean.

One strand to this research that I have been keen to develop is around health risks from environmental hazards. Projects on this theme have included an ESRC Research Fellowship ‘Climatic hazards, health risks and response in developing countries’ and ‘Seasonal environmental hazards: a multi-disciplinary approach to the analysis of health risks in lower-income countries’, funded by NERC under the Environment and Human Health programme. Additional funding was been provided for coordination of a major research initiative, the Environment, Health and Development Network

I contribute to research groups in Climate Change and DevelopmentGlobal Environmental JusticeAgeing and Development, and Health Policy and Practice. I am an Affiliated Researcher of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Applied research is a complementary component of my work, and I have recently  led several projects relating to disaster risk, including: ‘Measuring the Impact of Aid Agency Programmes in Rapid Onset Natural Disasters’, in collaboration with Oxfam/ECB, funded by DFI; ‘Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Disaster Risk Management in Vietnam including Climate Change Related Disasters’, funded by UNDP;a study to support implementation of the European Union’s Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction in Developing Countries and the study ‘Linking Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management for Sustainable Poverty Reduction’ funded by the European Commission.

Career History

I have been working in social science research on environment, development and health since 1994, based at Leicester University, South Bank University and the University of East Anglia. I joined DEV in 2002,  and have worked primarily on research related to climatic hazards and health risks, including projects funded by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, ESRC, NERC, EPSRC, British Academy, European Commission, IFRC, UNDP and DFID. In recent projects I have worked mainly in Ecuador, Colombia, St Vincent, Mexico, Ethiopia, Kenya, Vietnam and India  but I have research experience also in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Guatemala, Belize and the UK.

My undergraduate degree was in geography at Cambridge University, and, following a postgraduate diploma in journalism from The City University, I worked for several years as a freelance journalist, author and editor.  

A full CV may be downloaded here.

All Publications

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Few, R., Morchain, D., Spear, D., Mensah, A., Bendapudi, R.

(2017)

Transformation, adaptation and development: relating concepts to practice,

in Palgrave Communications

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article no. 17092

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Few, R., Martin, A., Gross-Camp, N.

(2017)

Trade-offs in linking adaptation and mitigation in the forests of the Congo Basin,

in Regional Environmental Change

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pp. 851–863

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Few, R., Armijos, M. T., Barclay, J.

(2017)

Living with Volcan Tungurahua: the dynamics of vulnerability during prolonged volcanic activity,

in Geoforum

80

pp. 72-81

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Few, R., Scott, Z., Wooster, K., Flores Avila, M., Tarazona, M.

(2016)

Strengthening capacities for disaster risk management II: Lessons for effective support,

in International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

20

pp. 154–162

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Edmunds, K., Abd Elrahman, S., Bell, D., Brainard, J., Dervisevic, S., P Fedha, T., Few, R., Howard, G., Lake, I., Maes, P., Matofari, J., Minnigh, H., Mohamedani, A. A., Montgomery, M., Morter, S., Muchiri, E., Mudau, L. S., Mutua, B. M., Ndambuki, J. M., Pond, K., Sobsey, M. D., Van der Es, M., Zeitoun, M., Hunter, P.

(2016)

Recommendations for dealing with waste contaminated with Ebola virus: a Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points approach,

in Bulletin WHO

94

(6)

pp. 424-432

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Scott, Z., Wooster, K., Few, R., Thomson, A., Tarazona, M.

(2016)

Monitoring and evaluating disaster risk management capacity,

in Disaster Prevention and Management

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pp. 412-422

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Gross-Camp, N., Few, R., Martin, A.

(2015)

Perceptions of and adaptation to environmental change in forest-adjacent communities in three African nations,

in International Forestry Review

17

(2)

pp. 153-164

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Tucker, J., Daoud, M., Oates, N., Few, R., Conway, D., Mtisi, S., Matheson, S.

(2015)

Social vulnerability in three high-poverty climate change hot spots: What does the climate change literature tell us?,

in Regional Environmental Change

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(5)

pp. 783-800

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Hicks, A., Few, R.

(2015)

Trajectories of social vulnerability during the Soufrière Hills volcanic crisis,

in Journal of Applied Volcanology

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article no. 10

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Few, R., Satyal, P., McGahey, D., Leavy, J., Budds, J., Assen, M., Camfield, L., Loubser, D., Adnew, M., Bewket, W.

(2015)

Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in Semi-Arid Areas in East Africa,

ASSAR Project Management Unit

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Scott, Z., Few, R., Wooster, K., Tarazona, M.

(2015)

What works and what doesn’t: Capacity development for better disaster risk management,

in World Disasters Report 2015.

pp. 38-41

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(Published)


Edmunds, K., Hunter, P., Few, R., Bell, D.

(2013)

Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points Assessment as a Tool to Respond to Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks,

in PLoS ONE

8

(8)

article no. e72279

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Clark, N., Chhotray, V., Few, R.

(2013)

Global justice and disasters,

in The Geographical Journal

179

(2)

pp. 105–113

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Few, R., Lake, I., Hunter, P. R., Tran, P. G.

(2013)

Seasonality, disease and behavior: Using multiple methods to explore socio-environmental health risks in the Mekong Delta,

in Social Science and Medicine

80

pp. 1-9

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Bang, H., Few, R.

(2012)

Social risks and challenges in post-disaster resettlement: the case of Lake Nyos, Cameroon,

in Journal of Risk Research

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(9)

pp. 1141-1157

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Chhotray, V., Few, R.

(2012)

Post-disaster recovery and 'ongoing' vulnerability: Ten years after the super-cyclone of 1999 in Orissa, India,

in Global Environmental Change

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(3)

pp. 695-702

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Few, R.

(2012)

Health behaviour theory, adaptive capacity and the dynamics of disease risk,

in Climate and Development

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pp. 301-310

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Goulden, M. C., Few, R., Abebe, L., Brooks, N., Daoud, M., Konaté, K., Sarney, E., Smith, D., Umoh, B., Vernon, P., Weiner, J., Yamba, B.

(2011)

Climate change, water and conflict in the Niger River Basin,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Edmunds, K., Roberton, S. I., Few, R., Mahood, S., Bui, P. L., Hunter, P. R., Bell, D. J.

(2011)

Investigating Vietnam's ornamental bird trade: implications for transmission of zoonoses,

in EcoHealth

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(1)

pp. 63-75

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Few, R., Barclay, J.

(2011)

Societal impacts of natural hazards: A review of international research funding,

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Key Research Interests

 

Publications

Scott, Z. and Few, R. (in press) ‘Strengthening Capacities for Disaster Risk Management I: Insights from Existing Research and Practice’ International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

Few, R., Scott, Z., Wooster, K., Flores Avila, M. and Tarazona, M. (in press) ‘Strengthening Capacities for Disaster Risk Management II: Lessons for effective support’. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

Scott, Z., Wooster, K., Few, R., Thomson, A. and Tarazona, M., (2016) ‘Monitoring and Evaluating Disaster Risk Management Capacity’, Disaster Prevention and Management, volume 25, issue 3.

Edmunds, K., Elrahman, S., Bell, D., Brainard, J., Dervisevic, S., Fedha, T., Few, R., Howard, G., Lake, I., et al. (in press) ‘Dealing with Ebola-infected waste: a Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points for reducing the risks to public health’. Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

Scott, Z., Few, R., Wooster, K. and Tarazona, M. (2015) ‘What works and what doesn’t: capacity development for better disaster risk management’. Chapter 2 in World Disasters Report 2015, International Federation of red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva, pp38-63.

Gross-Camp, N.D., Few, R., Martin, A. (2015), ‘Perceptions of and adaptation to environmental change in forest-adjacent communities in three African nations’. International Forestry Review, 17(2). DOI: 10.1505/146554815815500615

Hicks, A. and Few, R. (2015) ‘Trajectories of social vulnerability during the Soufriere Hills volcanic crisis’, Journal of Applied Volcanology, 4 (10) DOI:10.1186/s13617-015-0029-7

Tucker,J., Daoud, M., Oates, N., Few, R., Conway, D., Mtisi, S. and Matheson, S. (2014) ‘Social vulnerability in three high poverty climate change hotspots: what does the climate change literature tell us?’, Regional Environmental Change. Online DOI 10.1007/s10113-014-0741-6

Few, R., D. McAvoy, M. Tarazona and V.M. Walden (2013) Contribution to Change: An Approach to Evaluating the Role of Intervention in Disaster Recovery, Rugby, UK: Practical Action Publishing and Oxford: Oxfam GB. http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/contribution-to-change-an-approach-to-evaluating-the-role-of-intervention-in-di-305537

Few, R. (2013) ‘Health, environment and the ecosystem services framework: a justice critique’. In Sikor, T. (ed) The justices and injustices of ecosystem services, Earthscan, London, 140-160.

Sikor, T., Fisher, J., Few, R., Martin, A. and Zeitoun, M. (2013) ‘The justices and injustices of ecosystem services’. In Sikor, T. (ed) The justices and injustices of ecosystem services, Earthscan, London, 187-200.

Edmunds, K.L., Hunter, P.R., Few, R. and Bell, D.J. (2013) ‘Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points Assessment as a Tool to Respond to Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks’. PLoS ONE 8(8): e72279 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072279

Clark, N., Chhotray, V. and Few, R. (2013) ‘Global justice and disasters’, The Geographical Journal 179 (2), 105-113. DOI: 10.1111/geoj.12005

Few, R., Lake, I., Hunter, P.R., and Pham Gia Tran (2013) ‘Seasonality, disease and behaviour: using multiple methods to explore environmental health risks in the Mekong Delta’, Social Science and Medicine, 80: 1-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.12.027

Few, R. (2012) ‘Health behaviour theory, adaptive capacity and the dynamics of disease risk’, Climate and Development, 4 (4): 301-310.

DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2012.728128.

Bang, H. and Few, R. (2012) ‘Social risks and challenges in post-disaster resettlement: the case of Lake Nyos, Cameroon’, Journal of Risk Research, 15 (9): 1141-1157. DOI:10.1080/13669877.2012.705315.

Chhotray, V. and Few, R. (2012) ‘Post-disaster recovery and ongoing vulnerability: Ten years after the super-cyclone of 1999 in Orissa, India’, Global Environmental Change, 22 (3): 695-702. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2012.05.001

Graizbord, B., Mercado, A. and Few, R. (eds). (2011). Cambio Climatico, Amenazas Naturales y Salud en México [Climate Change, Natural Hazards and Health in Mexico], El Colegio de México, México D.F. (ISBN 978-607-462-278-2)

Edmunds, K., Roberton, S., Few, R., Mahood, S., Bui L. Phuong, Hunter, P. and Bell, D. (2011) ‘Investigating Vietnam’s ornamental bird trade: implications for transmission of zoonoses’, EcoHealth (DOI: 10.1007/s10393-011-0691-0)

Few, R. and Pham Gia Tran (2010) ‘Climatic hazards, health risk and response in Vietnam: case studies on social dimensions of vulnerability’, Global Environmental Change 20, 529-538.

Few, R., Lake, I., Hunter, P.R., Pham Gia Tran and Vu Trong Thien(2009) ‘Seasonal hazards and health risks in lower-income countries:field testing a multi-disciplinary approach’, Environmental Health 8 (Suppl 1): S16.  (doi:10.1186/1476-069X-8-S1-S16)

Wolf, J., Lorenzoni, I., Few, R., Abrahamson, V. and Raine, R. (2009) ‘Conceptual and practical barriers to adaptation: vulnerability and response to heat waves in the UK’, in Adger, W.N., Lorenzoni, I., O’Brien, K. (eds) Adapting to Climate Change: Thresholds, Values, Governance, Cambridge University Press, 181-196.

Tompkins, E. L., Few, R., and Brown, K. (2008) ‘Scenario-based stakeholder engagement: incorporating stakeholders’ preferences into coastal planning for climate change’, Journal of Environmental Management 88, 1580-1592.  (doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2007.07.025)

Few, R., Brown, K., and Tompkins, E. (2007) ‘Public participation and climate change adaptation: avoiding the illusion of inclusion’, Climate Policy, 7, 46-59. Link to Journal Article

Few, R. (2007) ‘Riesgos para la salud (y cambio climático)’, Todos por un Mexico Sustentable, 1, 24-25.

Few, R. (2007) ‘Health and climatic hazards: framing social research on vulnerability, response and adaptation’, Global Environmental Change, 17, 281-295. Link to Journal Article

Few, R., Brown, K., and Tompkins, E. (2007) ‘Climate change and coastal management decisions: insights from Christchurch Bay, UK’, Coastal Management, 35 (2-3), 255-270. Link to Journal Article

Few, R. and Matthies, F. (eds) (2006) ‘Flood hazards and health: responding to present and future risks’ Earthscan, London.                    

Includes the following 4 chapters:

Few, R. ‘Flood hazards, vulnerability and risk reduction’, pp8-27.

Few, R. and Matthies, F. ‘Responses to the health risks from flooding’, pp54-88.

Pham Gia Tran and Few, R. ‘Local responses to floods in the Mekong Delta, Viet Nam’, pp.128-144

Few, R., Matthies, F., Ahern, M., Kovats, S. ‘Flood hazards and health: implications for action and research’, pp168-183.  

Few, R., Osbahr, H., Bouwer, L.M., Viner, D. and Sperling, F. (2006) ‘Linking climate change adaptation and disaster risk management for sustainable poverty reduction. Synthesis report’, MWH report to the European Commission in support of the Vulnerability and Adaptation Resource Group work program.  

Osbahr, H., Few, R. (2006) ‘Linking climate change adaptation and disaster risk management for sustainable poverty reduction. Mexico country study’, MWH report to the European Commission in support of the Vulnerability and Adaptation Resource Group work program.  

Few, R. and Pham Gia Tran (2006) ‘Prevention and cure: health sector responses to flooding’ Science and Culture 72, 1-2 (special issue on Flood Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia), pp52-61.  

Few, R. , Brown, K. and Tompkins, E.L. (2006) ‘Public participation and climate change adaptation,’ Tyndall Centre Working Paper 95.  

Few, R. (2006) Nature, people and planning on the coast of Belize. In Pugh, J. and Momsen, J.H. (eds) ‘Environmental planning in the Caribbean’, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp155-175.  

Ahern, M., Kovats, S., Wilkinson, P., Few, R., Matthies, F. (2005) ‘Global health impacts of floods: epidemiologic evidence’ Epidemiologic Reviews, 27, 36-46. Link to Journal Article  

Few, R. (2005) ‘Prepare for flood health risks’ Energy & Environmental Management (DEFRA magazine), April 2005, 16-18.  

White, P., Pelling, M., Sen, K., Seddon, D., Russell, S. and Few, R. (2004) ‘Disaster risk reduction: a development concern. A scoping study on links between disaster risk reduction, poverty and development’, Department for International Development (DFID).  

Few, R., Ahern, M., Matthies, F., Kovats, S. (2004) ‘Floods, health and climate change: a strategic review’, Tyndall Centre Working Paper 63.  

Few, R., Brown, K., and Tompkins, E. (2004) ‘Scaling adaptation: climate change response and coastal management in the UK’, Tyndall Centre Working Paper 60.  

Few, R. (2003) Participation or containment? Insights from the planning of protected areas in Belize. In Pugh, J. and Potter, R. B. (eds) ‘Participatory planning in the Caribbean: lessons from practice’ Ashgate, Aldershot. 23-44.  

Matthies, F., Few, R., and Kovats, S. (2003) ‘Social science and adaptation to climate change’, IHDP Update (Newsletter of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change) Issue 03/2003, 15.  

Few, R., Harpham, T., and Atkinson, S. (2003) ‘Urban primary health care in Africa: a comparative analysis of city-wide public sector projects in Lusakaand Dar es Salaam’, Health & Place 9, 45-53. Link to Journal Article  

Haxeltine, A., Few, R., Turnpenny, J., and Dessai, S. ‘Climate change: the UK’s role in a global challenge’, British Council Briefing Sheet 20 (2003).  

Few, R. (2003) ‘Flooding, vulnerability and coping mechanisms: local responses to a global threat’, Progress in Development Studies 3 (1), 43-58. Link to Journal Article

Harpham, T. and Few, R. (2002) ‘The Dar-es-Salaam Urban Health Project, Tanzania: a multi-dimensional evaluation’ Journal of Public Health Medicine 24, 112-119. Link to Journal Article

 

Few, R. (2002) ‘Researching actor power: analysing mechanisms of interaction in negotiations over space’, Area 34 (1), 29-38. Link to Journal Article  

Few, R. (2002) ‘A preliminary assessment of community participation in protected area planning in the coastal zone’, Journal of Belizean Affairs 4 (2), 102-117.  

Few, R. (2001) ‘Containment and counter-containment: planner/community relations in conservation planning’, The Geographical Journal 167 (2), 111-124. Link to Journal Article  

Few, R. (2000) ‘Conservation, participation and power: protected area planning in the coastal zone of Belize’, Journal of Planning Education and Research 19, 401-408. Link to Journal Article  

Few, R. (ed) (1993) ‘Caring for the Earth: a strategy for survival’, Mitchell Beazley, London (in association with IUCN, UNEP, WWF)