Hugh Deeming

Research Consultant

Dr Hugh Deeming is a research consultant based in Bentham, North Yorkshire. Following his most recent research experience working at Northumbria University as the scientific technical officer for the EU FP7 emBRACE project

Hugh’s principal research interest lies in the investigation of ‘community resilience’. This interest was first seeded during his service as a police officer, but was subsequently reinforced by his PhD investigation into the role that social networks play in building community resilience to low-probability / high-consequence storm surge hazards (NB. In 2015 this specialist interest led to Hugh being asked to lead the literature review process for the EU funded Mass-Shelter Capability Project)


Whilst at Lancaster University in 2007, Hugh was part of the team that undertook the Hull Floods Project, in which innovative qualitative methods were employed to investigate the process of recovery as it is experienced by flood-affected households. This project led Hugh to collaborate directly with the UK Cabinet Office in identifying ways in which the lessons from Hull could be integrated into the Cabinet Office National Recovery Guidance. Hugh has also worked with the Civil Contingencies Secretariat in developing the first UK Civil Protection Guidance Inventory, which was foundational work that eventually contributed to the development of the EPC Knowledge Centre.

Hugh's primary focus is on using qualitative research methods (e.g. interviews, group discussion, workshops) to explore the issues under investigation in order to attain a depth of understanding that is not necessarily achievable through the use of quantitative surveys and/or the use of 'big data'.

emBRACE resilience framework for community resilience to natural hazards

Conceptualizing community resilience to natural hazards – the emBRACE framework

This paper describes the emBRACE framework of community resilience - a heuristic analytical tool for understanding, explaining and measuring community resilience to natural hazards.

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Network map of all relevant connections in sample of members of a local Flood Action Group (photo)

Managing Complex Systems

This paper shows how 'structured output' methods can ‘abstract’ important issues and concepts and feed into planning and policy outputs.

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Framing disaster resilience

Framing Community Disaster Resilience: Resources, Capacities, Learning, and Action

Framing Community Disaster Resilience (textbook) offers a guide to the theories, research and approaches for addressing the complexity of community resilience towards hazardous events or disasters.

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embrace video - climate adaptation.

Understanding Community Disaster Resilience

This animation visualises and explains the key components of the emBRACE project framework, and illustrates its potential utility as a tool to better understand CDR processes in communities.

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The Cockermouth History Wall

emBRACE: Social Learning and Resilience Building

This report explores how the challenges faced by communities at risk from environmental hazards might be tackled via the application of social learning practices.

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Response team in Badia

Mapping of social networks

Our social network maps provide a model of the links between significant individuals involved in key stages of the disaster planning, response and recovery phases.

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