Dr Tim Harries
BA MSc PhD
Senior Research Fellow
Behaviour and Practice Research Group
KHBS338 Kingston Business School
Kingston Upon Thames
- +44 (0)20 8417 9000 Ext: 65036
Tim is a Senior Research Fellow in the Strategy, Marketing & Entrepreneurship department at Kingston Business School, where he is responsible for 1/ CHARM, a three-year EPSRC/Digital Economy project that investigates the use of the social norm approach to nudge more sustainable and healthy behaviour; 2/ Kingston's contribution to a 3-year EPSRC project, 'Organisational Operational Response and Strategic Decision Making for Long Term Flood Preparedness in Urban Areas' and 3/ DIASMA, a one-year SWan-funded study into the self-management of adolescent diabetes.
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.
Sustainable consumption practices; qualitative research methods; discourse analysis; survey design; public responses to the threat of natural disasters.
Practice Theory, the social norms approach and sustainable / health behaviours; community, household and organisational adaptation to climate change. Currently working on CHARM, which investigates whether we can shape individual behaviours by providing information about the behaviour of others, Tim is also Chief Investigator on a project looking at the self-management of type-1 diabetes amongst adolescents and is Co-Investigator on an EPSRC project looking for ways to use the outpute of agent-based models to improve organisational adaptation to flood risk.
Tim teaches qualitative research methods on the department's masters and PhD courses.
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)
- 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
Flood Risk Management Division, Defra - development of the Floods and Water Bill, 2008-9
Living with Environmental Change - expert reviewer for the development of the UK Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Research Strategy, 2010
National Flood Forum / Defra - advisor on research into the sustainability of community flood action groups, 2012
Royal Geographical Society
British Sociological Association
Harries, Tim, Rettie, Ruth, Chambers, Shelley and Burchell, Kevin (2013) Is social norms marketing effective? A case study in domestic electricity consumption. European Journal of Marketing, 47(9), ISSN (online) 0309-0566 (Epub Ahead of Print)
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
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 (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
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)