Dr Sarah Percival

School of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Currently I am a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University in coastal resilience, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team (School of Natural Sciences and Psychology) to help deliver the BSc (Hons) Geography program. My teaching mainly resides in natural hazards, particularly understanding and assessing (risk, vulnerability and resilience) coastal flood hazards, flooding and urban hazards. I also teach qualitative methods, GIS and research/project communication practices. I am a module leader for third year module Coastal and Marine Management and second year core module Project Design and Management.

Prior to becoming a lecturer I was a Senior Research Associate (SRA) at University of Portsmouth working as a PI on UK urban flood risk communication. This was a Royal Geographic Society funded project that aimed to explore approaches to the communication of flood risk, particularly through the use of visualisation techniques, that are able to capture and integrate the preferences and experiences of local and national flood stakeholders into the decision-making process. Helping communities become more resilient to flood risk. My other SRA duties included helping to establish a Coastal Cities Network (CCN), that investigated different flood management scenarios via co-creation with communities and partners; using unique visualisation techniques.


2015, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, Flood Risk in Geoinformatics (PhD)
2005, University of Bristol, United Kingdom, Science of Natural Hazards (MSc by Research)
2003, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

Academic appointments

Lecturer Coastal Resilience, School of natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present
Senior Research Associate, School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Portsmouth, 2015 - 2018

Journal article

Percival S, Teeuw R. 2019. A Methodology for UK Urban Micro Scale Coastal Flood Vulnerability and Risk Assessment and Mapping Natural Hazards, 97 :355-377 DOI Author Url Public Url

Percival S, Gaterell M, Teeuw R. Urban neighbourhood flood vulnerability and risk assessments at different diurnal levels Journal of Flood Risk Management, 12 :e12466-e12466 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Percival S, Gaterell M, Hutchinson D. Effective Flood Risk Visualisation Natural Hazards, DOI Author Url Public Url

Conference publication

Percival S, Teeuw R. Climate Change & Solent Coastal Vulnerability: Mapping Impacts on atrisk Assets and Vulnerable Sectors of Society Proceedings of GIS Research in UK: GISRUK2011


Percival S. Portsmouth Coastal Flood Vulnerability and Risk: Assessment and Mapping of Impacts at Microscale Teeuw R.

Research Grants Awarded:

Manchester Geographical Society - Research Fund 2020, Flood Action Group Resilience, Grant value (£): 1000.00, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2020

Royal Geographical Society - Environment and Sustainability Research Grants, UK Urban Flood Risk Communication, Grant value (£): 10000.00, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2017