Roger Few

Professorial Research Fellow
Research on vulnerability, adaptation and health

Roger Few is a professor in the School of International Development at UEA. His research centres on vulnerability and adaptation to climatic and environmental hazards, with particular focus on how lower-income households, communities and institutions respond to risks and impacts, and the factors that influence, promote and constrain their responses. Much of this work lies at the confluence between research in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, with linkages to themes of livelihoods/wellbeing, environmental health, water security and social justice. His concern for issues of equity and sustainability has led to an increasing emphasis in recent research on the long-term processes of recovery from extreme events.

In his 20 years as a full-time researcher in these fields, Roger has led or co-led more than 35 inter-disciplinary collaborative projects in multiple countries. Recent and ongoing research projects include:

  • ‘DOWN2EARTH: Translation of climate information into multilevel decision support for social adaptation, policy development, and resilience to water scarcity in the Horn of Africa Drylands’, funded by the EU under Horizon2020
  • Recovery with Dignity’, a GCRF project funded by British Academy, with research in three states of India
  • Moving with Risk: forced displacement and vulnerability to hazards in Colombia’, a GCRF project funded via ESRC/AHRC
  • ‘Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR)’, funded by IDRC/DFID under the CARIAA programme, with work primarily in East Africa
  • ‘Strategic Research into National and Local Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Management’, a multi-country study with Oxford Policy Management, funded by IFRC
  • ‘Strengthening Resilience in Volcanic Areas – STREVA’, funded by NERC-ESRC, with research in South America and the Caribbean
Roger Few

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Phone: +44 (0)1603 59 3439

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School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK

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