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Dr Tim Harries

Senior Research Fellow
Small Business Research Centre

KHBS4007 Kingston Business School
Kingston University
Kingston Hill
Kingston Upon Thames

+44 (0)20 8417 9000 Ext: 65036


Tim is Senior Research Fellow in the Small Business Research Centre, Kingston Business School. He is responsible for Kingston's contribution to a 3-year EPSRC project resarching small businesses and flood risk adaptation (see film). Previously, he was Deputy Director of Kingston's Behaviour & Practice Research Centre, where he was principal investigator on a 6-month EPSRC project into digital feedback and domestic electricity consumption, Co-PI on a study of the self-management of type-1 diabetes and senior researcher on a £1.2m study into the use of the social norms approach to promote sustainable and healthy lifestyles. He teaches qualitative research methods at undergraduate and postdraduate level and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Tim has a BA in Politics from the University of York, an MSc in Social Research Methods & Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the University of Middlesex (2007), where he was in receipt of an ESRC CASE Studentship sponsored by the Environment Agency. He has worked as a Research Fellow at the Flood Hazard Research Centre and an ESRC Placement Fellow and consultant at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and completed an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Geography Department in King’s College London. Prior to his PhD, Tim worked for many years in the public sector policy arena and also conducted public policy research.


Small business and household responses to the threat of natural disasters (especially flood risk); impacts of digital feedback (energy consumption, active lifestyles); qualitative research methods.

Research Interest(s)

Community, household and small business adaptation to flood risk; influences on behaviours relevant to long-term health; Influences on the sustainability of energy consumption behaviours.

Currently, Tim is Co-Investigator on an EPSRC project, SESAME (view an introductory film), a project that seeks to understand small business behaviours before, during and after floods, to simulate those behaviours in an agent based model and to promote flood risk adaptation via an interactive web-based tool. He is also conducting survey research and qualitative interview research into emotional regulation and flooding / flood risk.

Videos about this research:

- SESAME (floods and small businesses)
- SKY interview (flooding): part 1; part 2
- social practices, walking and active lifestyles


Tim teaches qualitative research methods to undergraduates and PhD students.

Past teaching experience includes: Environmental Science and Public Policy (MSc; King’s College London); Survey Design (MSc; King’s College London); Research Methods (Level 1; London South Bank University)


  • Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Behaviour & Practice Research Group, Kingston Business School
  • ESRC Placement Fellow - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Senior Qualitative Researcher - National Centre for Social Research
  • Customer Research and Consultation Officer - Royal National Institute of Blind People
  • Project Manager, Learning Disability and Mental Health Services - Newham Community Health Services NHS Trust
  • Research Assistant - Audit Commission for Local Government and the NHS


British Gas, 2014 - advice on design of system for providing customers with consumption feedback.

Expert Contributor, review of Defra's Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder scheme, 2013-14 (working witih Collingwood Environmental Planning)

Living with Environmental Change - expert reviewer for the development of the UK Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Research Strategy, 2010

Principal Investigator, Review of the pilot flood protection grant scheme in a recently flooded area - Defra/EA project no FD2651,  2009-10

Flood Risk Management Division, Defra - development of the Floods and Water Bill, 2008-9




Fellow, Royal Geographical Society
Member, British Sociological Association
Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Recent Publications

Number of items: 19.


Harries, Tim and Rettie, Ruth (2016) Walking as a social practice: dispersed walking and the organisation of everyday practices. Sociology of Health & Illness, 38(6), ISSN (print) 0141-9889 (In Press)

Harries, Tim, Rettie, Ruth, Studley, Matthew, Burchell, Kevin and Chambers, Simon (2013) Is social norms marketing effective? A case study in domestic electricity consumption. European Journal of Marketing, 47(9), pp. 1458-1475. ISSN (online) 0309-0566

Harries, Tim (2012) The anticipated emotional consequences of adaptive behaviour - impacts on the take-up of household flood-protection protective measures. Environment and Planning A, 44(3), pp. 649-668. ISSN (print) 0308-518X

Harries, Tim and Penning-Rowsell, Edmund (2011) Victim pressure, institutional inertia and climate change adaptation: the case of flood risk. Global Environmental Change Part A, 21(1), pp. 188-197. ISSN (print) 0959-3780

Harries, Tim (2008) Feeling secure or being secure? Why it can seem better not to protect yourself against a natural hazard. Health, Risk & Society, 10(5), pp. 479-490. ISSN (print) 1369-8575

Book Section

Rettie, Ruth, Burchell, Kevin and Harries, Tim (2014) Energy consumption feedback: engagement by design. In: Marcus, Aaron, (ed.) Design, user experience, and usability: user experience design for everyday life applications and services. Springer International Publishing. pp. 594-604. (Information Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI) ISSN (print) 0302-9743 ISBN 9783319076348

Harries, Tim, Rettie, Ruth and Studley, Matthew (2013) Is social norms marketing effective? A case study in domestic electricity consumption. In: Kubacki, Krzysztof and Rundle-Thiele, Sharyn, (eds.) Contemporary issues in social marketing. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 158-172. ISBN 9781443850247

Harries, Tim (2013) Responding to flood risk in the UK. In: Joffe, Helene , Rossetto, Tiziana and Adams, John, (eds.) Cities at risk: living with perils in the 21st century. Dordrecht, Germany : Springer. pp. 45-72. (Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, no. 33) ISBN 9789400761834

Harries, Tim, Eslambolchilar, Parisa, Stride, Chris, Rettie, Ruth and Walton, Simon (2013) Walking in the wild – using an always-on smartphone application to increase physical activity. In: Kotze, Paula , Marsden, Gary , Lindgaard, Gitte , Wesson, Janet and Winckler, Marco, (eds.) Human-computer interaction – INTERACT 2013: 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2-6, 2013, proceedings, part IV. Berlin Heidelberg, Germany : Springer. pp. 19-36. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, no. 8120) ISSN (print) 0302-9743 ISBN 9783642404979

Harries, Tim (2012) Why most "at-risk" homeowners do not protect their homes from flooding. In: Lamond, Jessica , Booth, Colin , Hammond, Felix and Proverbs, David, (eds.) Flood hazards: impacts and responses for the built environment. Boca Raton, Florida, U.S. : CRC Press. pp. 327-341. ISBN 9781439826256

Thurston, N., Finlinson, B., Williams, N., Shaw, J., Goudie, J. and Harries, T. (2008) Evaluating the benefits and limitations of property based flood resistance and resilience - a UK perspective. In: Samuels, P. , Huntington, S. , Allsop, W. and Harrop, J., (eds.) Flood risk management: research and practice. Leiden, Netherlands : CRC Press. pp. 979-987. ISBN 9780415485074

Harries, Tim (2008) Overcoming the barriers to household-level adaptation to flood risk. In: Samuels, P. , Huntington, S. , Allsop, W. and Harrop, J., (eds.) Flood risk management: research and practice. Leiden, Netherlands : CRC Press. pp. 999-1003. ISBN 9780415485074

Conference or Workshop Item

Harries, Tim (2016) Putting interview skills at the centre of undergraduate qualitative methods teaching. In: 1st Innovation in Teaching Research Methodology Awards at 15th European Conference on Research Methodology (ECRM) for Business and Management Studies; 09-10 Jun 2016, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. ISBN 9781910810972

Harries, T., Coates, G., McEwen, L., McGuiness, M., Guan, D., Johnson, N., Li, C., Wragg, A., Wright, N. and Ahilan, S. (2015) The SESAME project on small businesses: understanding flood impacts, evaluating the effects of adaptation and promoting resilience. In: International Water Resources Association (IWRA) XV World Water Congress: Global Water: A Resource for Development: Opportunities, Challenges and Constraints; 25-29 May 2015, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Harries, Tim (2011) CHARM project. In: Changing User Behaviour in Buildings; 24 Mar 2011, London, U.K..

Harries, Tim, Rettie, Ruth and Burchell, Kevin (2011) Practice theory and household energy consumption. In: Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with the Institute of British Geographers (IBG) Annual International Conference 2011: The Geographical Imagination; 31 Aug - 2 Sep 2011, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Twigger-Ross, C. [Research team head], Kashefi, E. [Research team member], Weldon, S. [Research team member], Brooks, K. [Research team member], Deeming, H. [Scientific advisor], Forrest, S. [Scientific advisor], Fielding, J. [Scientific advisor], Gomersall, A., Harries, T. [Scientific advisor], McCarthy, S. [Research team member], Orr, P. [Research team member], Parker, D. [Scientific advisor] and Tapsell, S. [Scientific advisor] (2014) Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder Evaluation: Rapid Evidence Assessment. (Project Report) London, U.K. : Defra. 119 p. (Rapid Evidence Assessment)

Harries, Tim, Costanza, Enrico and Brightwell, Maria das Graças (2014) Transforming feedback - a study of how interactive, engagement-oriented feedback can enhance behaviour change around electricity consumption. (Project Report) London, U.K. : Sustainable Society Network. 13 p. (Working Papers, no. 2)

Harries, Tim (2010) Review of the pilot flood protection grant scheme in a recently flooded area. (Technical Report) London, U.K. : Defra. 42 p. (R&D Technical Report, no. FD2651)

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