Roger Few

University of East Anglia

Professorial Research Fellow

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.

Role at Tyndall
Research on vulnerability, adaptation and health.


Few, R., Martin, A., Gross-Camp, N. (2017) Trade-offs in linking adaptation and mitigation in the forests of the Congo Basin Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

 Few, R., Armijos, M. T., Barclay, J. (2017) Living with Volcan Tungurahua: the dynamics of vulnerability during prolonged volcanic activity Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

 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 Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

 Scott, Z., Wooster, K., Few, R., Thomson, A., Tarazona, M. (2016) Monitoring and evaluating disaster risk management capacity Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

 Few, R., Scott, Z., Wooster, K., Flores Avila, M., Tarazona, M. (2016) Strengthening capacities for disaster risk management II: Lessons for effective support Full Text UEA Repository (Article)

 Gross-Camp, N., Few, R., Martin, A. (2015) Perceptions of and adaptation to environmental change in forest-adjacent communities in three African nations Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

 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 (Commissioned report)

 Hicks, A., Few, R. (2015) Trajectories of social vulnerability during the Soufrière Hills volcanic crisis Full Text UEA Repository (Article)

 Scott, Z., Few, R., Wooster, K., Tarazona, M.(2015) What works and what doesn’t: Capacity development for better disaster risk management UEA Repository  (Chapter)

 Clark, N., Chhotray, V., Few, R. (2013) Global justice and disasters Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

 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 Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

 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 Full Text UEA Repository (Article)

 Bang, H., Few, R. (2012) Social risks and challenges in post-disaster resettlement: the case of Lake Nyos, Cameroon Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

Chhotray, V., Few, R. (2012) Post-disaster recovery and 'ongoing' vulnerability: Ten years after the super-cyclone of 1999 in Orissa, India Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

 Few, R. (2012) Health behaviour theory, adaptive capacity and the dynamics of disease risk Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

 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

Edmunds, K., Roberton, S. I., Few, R., Mahood, S., Bui, P. L., Hunter, P. R., Bell, D. J., Influenza A Virus, H5N1 Subtype (2011) Investigating Vietnam's ornamental bird trade: implications for transmission of zoonoses Full Text UEA Repository (Article)

Few, R., Barclay, J. (2011) Societal impacts of natural hazards: A review of international research funding

Few, R., Graizbord, B. (ed.), Mercado, A. (ed.), Few, R. (ed.) (2011) Cambio Climatico, Amenazas Naturales y Salud en México UEA Repository (Book)

 Few, R., Tran, P. (2010) Climatic hazards, health risk and response in Vietnam: case studies on social dimensions of vulnerability Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)


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