Dr Rebecca Whittle


Research Interests

Rebecca Whittle (formerly Sims) has research interests that centre around the sustainability of community-environment relations. Her current focus is on researching and developing local and alternative food systems which combine environmental sustainability with social and community benefits. She is particularly interested in novel approaches to getting people involved in growing and finding their own food in urban areas – for example through community and guerrilla gardening, new forms of low-impact vertical farming, garden share schemes and the development of urban foraging. These interests go back to her PhD, which explored sustainability through an investigation of the relationship between alternative food networks and tourism in a UK context.

Rebecca has also worked on community and environmental sustainability across other fields, including most recently on 'Current' - a two-year EPSRC research project investigating sustainable energy use in an office environment http://current.lancs.ac.uk/

Prior to 'Current', Rebecca explored community-environment relations in the context of hazard management. During work for CapHaz-Net http://www.caphaz-net.org/ Rebecca helped build a European network of researchers with an interest in natural hazards. This drew on her experience of working on two projects in Hull, where she spent three years working with adults and children to explore key dimensions of the longer term experience of flood recovery www.lec.lancs.ac.uk/cswm/hfp and www.lec.lancs.ac.uk/cswm/hcfp

An assessment of the impacts of pesticide use on the environment and health of rice farmers in Sierra Leone
Sankoh, A.I., Whittle, R.K., Semple, K.T., Jones, K.C., Sweetman, A.J. 09/2016 In: Environment International. 94, p. 458-466. 9 p.
Journal article

The flood recovery gap: a real-time study of local recovery following the floods of June 2007 in Hull, North East England
Medd, W., Deeming, H., Walker, G., Whittle, R., Mort, M., Twigger-Ross, C., Walker, M., Watson, N., Kashefi, E. 12/2015 In: Journal of Flood Risk Management. 8, 4, p. 315-328. 14 p.
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From responsibility to accountability: working creatively with distributed agency in office energy metering and management
Whittle, R.K., Ellis, R.J., Marshall, I., Alcock, P., Hutchison, D., Mauthe, A.U. 11/2015 In: Energy Research and Social Science. 10, p. 240-249. 10 p.
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Guilt and elation in the workplace: emotion and the governance of the environment at work
Whittle, R.K. 10/2015 In: Environmental Values. 24, 5, p. 581-601. 21 p.
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A framework for profiling the characteristics of risk governance in natural hazard contexts
Walker, G., Tweed, F., Whittle, R. 30/01/2014 In: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. 14, 1, p. 155-164. 10 p.
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Placing the flood recovery process
Whittle, R., Medd, W., Mort, M., Deeming, H., Walker, M., Twigger-Ross, C., Walker, G., Watson, N. 2014 In: Displaced heritage. Woodbridge : The Boydell Press p. 199-206. 8 p. ISBN: 9781843839637.

‘It came up to here’: learning from children’s flood narratives
Walker, M., Whittle, R., Medd, W., Burningham, K., Moran Ellis, J., Tapsell, S. 2014 In: Children and young people as knowledge producers. London : Routledge p. 135-150. 16 p. ISBN: 9780415740654.

Linking social capacities and risk communication in Europe: a gap between theory and practice?
Hoppner, C., Whittle, R., Brundl, M., Buchecker, M. 11/2012 In: Natural Hazards. 64, 2, p. 1753-1778. 26 p.
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Investigating resilience through 'before' and 'after' perspectives on residual risk
Deeming, H., Whittle, R., Medd, W. 05/2012 In: Innovative thinking in risk, crisis and disaster management. Aldershot : Ashgate p. 173-200. 28 p. ISBN: 978-1-4094-1194-9.

It came up to here: learning from children's flood narratives
Walker, M., Whittle, R., Medd, W., Burningham, K., Moran-Ellis, J., Tapsell, S. 05/2012 In: Children's Geographies. 10, 2, p. 135-150. 16 p.
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Flood of emotions: emotional work and long-term disaster recovery
Whittle, R., Walker, M., Medd, W., Mort, M. 02/2012 In: Emotion, Space and Society. 5, 1, p. 60-69. 10 p.
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Suitcases, storyboards and Newsround: exploring impact and dissemination in Hull
Whittle, R., Walker, M., Medd, W. 12/2011 In: Area. 43, 4, p. 477-487. 11 p.
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Perspectives on social capacity building for natural hazards: outlining an emerging field of research and practice in Europe
Kuhlicke, C., Steinfuehrer, A., Begg, C., Bianchizza, C., Bruendl, M., Buchecker, M., De Marchi, B., Di Masso Tarditti, M., Hoeppner, C., Komac, B., Lemkow, L., Luther, J., McCarthy, S., Pellizzoni, L., Renn, O., Scolobig, A., Supramaniam, M., Tapsell, S., Wachinger, G., Walker, G., Whittle, R., Zorn, M., Faulkner, H. 11/2011 In: Environmental Science and Policy. 14, 7, p. 804-814. 11 p.
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Assembling the flood: producing spaces of bad water in the city of Hull
Walker, G., Whittle, R., Medd, W., Walker, M. 2011 In: Environment and Planning A. 43, 10, p. 2304-2320. 17 p.
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Attendance and performance: correlations and motives in lecture-based modules
Clark, G., Gill, N., Walker, M., Whittle, R. 2011 In: Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 35, 2, p. 199-215. 17 p.
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Living with Flood?: understanding residents' experiences of recovery
Whittle, R., Medd, W. 2011 In: Flood Hazards :. London : Taylor & Francis ISBN: 978-1439826256.

Recommendations for changes in UK National Recovery Guidance (NRG) and associated guidance from the perspective of Lancaster University's Hull Flood Studies
Deeming, H., Whittle, R., Medd, W. 2011 Lancaster University.
Commissioned report

Risk governance and natural hazards
Walker, G., Whittle, R., Medd, W., Watson, N. 2011 CapHaz-Net.
Commissioned report

Bridging the Recovery Gap
Whittle, R., Medd, W. 12/2010 In: Shaping urban infrastructures. London : Earthscan p. 192-208. 17 p. ISBN: 9781849710688 .

Children and Young People 'after the rain has gone' – learning lessons for flood recovery and resilience: Hull Children's Flood Project Final Report
Walker, M., Whittle, R., Medd, W., Burningham, K., Moran-Ellis, J., Tapsell, S. 16/08/2010 Lancaster : Lancaster University. 122 p.
Other report

Putting place on the menu: the negotiation of locality in UK food tourism, from production to consumption.
Sims, R. 04/2010 In: Journal of Rural Studies. 26, 2, p. 105-115. 11 p.
Journal article

After the rain - learning the lessons from flood recovery in Hull. Final project report for 'Flood, Vulnerability and Urban Resilience: a real-time study of local recovery following the floods of June 2007 in Hull'.
Whittle, R., Medd, W., Deeming, H., Kashefi, E., Mort, M., Walker, G., Watson, N. 02/2010 Lancaster UK, 176 p.
Working paper

When a "home" becomes a "house": care and caring in the flood recovery process.
Sims, R., Medd, W., Mort, M., Twigger-Ross, C. 08/2009 In: Space and Culture. 12, 3, p. 303-316. 14 p.
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Food, place and authenticity: local food and the sustainable tourism experience.
Sims, R. 05/2009 In: Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 17, 3, p. 321-336. 16 p.
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The Tourist G(r)aze: Understanding place and identity through holiday food and drink
Sims, R. 2008 Lancaster University. 396 p.
Doctoral Thesis