Chris White


  • United Kingdom

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

Dr Chris White is an Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research and the Head of the Centre for Water, Environment, Sustainability and Public Health at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. The Centre undertakes fundamental and applied research that provides novel solutions to some of the most pressing global environmental challenges, including net zero and the circular economy, renewable energy, water and waste, environmental health, and climate resilience.

As a Reader (Associate Professor), he leads the Engineering for Extremes research group that focuses on improving the understanding of extreme weather events and hydro-meteorological hazards such as floods and droughts, focused on complex multi-hazard interactions and cross-sectoral cascading physical and societal impacts in a changing climate.

His research interests are cross-disciplinary, including the emerging fields of multi-hazard risks, compound events and cascading impacts, impact-based forecasting, the application of climate services for improved decision-making and climate resilience, and the prediction and application of predictions on extended-range subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) and climatic timescales. 

He leads several projects including the multi-hazard interactions and cascading impacts work package of the MEDiate (‘Multi-hazard and risk-informed system for enhanced local and regional disaster risk management’) project, funded by the Horizon Europe programme of the European Commission. He was also on the Management Committee of the recent European COST Action CA17109 on compound events. He also co-leads the applications sub-project of the World Meteorological Organization’s WWRP/WCRP S2S Prediction Project.

**I have a fully-funded PhD under my supervision open for applications!!**

Title: Nature-based solutions for water resilience: enabling improved water management in Scotland's rural communities (Hydro Nation Scholars Programme)

Summary: This interdisciplinary PhD, funded through the Scottish Government's Hydro Nation Scholars Programme, will work with rural communities in Scotland to develop innovative, nature-based solutions to address the interconnected water resilience challenges of flood and drought in a changing climate. The PhD will examine how targeted support and action research linked to a community of place in rural Scotland can facilitate inclusive nature-based solutions that tackles the multiple water-related risks. The Scholar will work collaboratively to develop innovative, nature-based solutions this dual challenge.

Applications close 10 January 2024!

For further information, including how to apply, please view the advert: 

If you have any questions, please get in touch with me directly.

Teaching Interests

Modules taught:

  • Hydraulics and Hydrology (CL216)
  • Water Engineering 1 (CL315)
  • Water Engineering 2 (CL420)

Research Interests

My research focuses on natural hazards (including floods, droughts and heatwaves), surface water hydrology and resources, risk management and climate change resilience. I specialise in understanding natural hazards and risk from both physical causative and impacts perspectives, centred on the understanding, modelling and prediction of extreme weather events (in particular, hydrological prediction) on both the extended-range 'subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S)' (e.g. weeks to months) and climate timescales (e.g. up to the end of the century) using regional high-resolution and global climate projections.

Much of my research involves working with end-users to make climate, weather and natural hazards science and information more usable though the exploration of improved applications, communication and promotion of appropriate risk information in support of resource management, emergency management and disaster risk reduction activities.

I am always keen to talk to potential students, collaborators and industry partners about future projects and opportunities.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, The Use of Joint Probability Analysis to Predict Flood Frequency in Estuaries and Tidal Rivers, University of Southampton

1 Sept 200330 Nov 2007

Award Date: 30 Nov 2007

Bachelor of Engineering, Environmental Engineering, University of Southampton

1 Sept 200030 Jun 2003

Award Date: 30 Jun 2003

External positions

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania

1 Jul 2008 → …


  • Natural Hazards
  • Flood Risk
  • Climate Change
  • risk communication
  • Forecasting
  • Environmental Engineering


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