Dr Gillian Dowds

Dr Gillian Dowds

REF Support Officer
Research Fellow


Contact Details

work +44 (0)1224 274263
The University of Aberdeen Room 110, St. Mary's Building, Elphinstone Road, AB24 3UF


I am the Researcher on the project: Assessing the impacts on people and communities following the December 2015/January 2016 flood events. This role involved meeting with and carrying out one-to-one interviews with people affected by flooding in two case study areas of Aberdeenshire, Ballater and the Garioch area (Port Elphinstone and Kintore). My role involved extensive analysis of interview data and writing up findings, contributing to reports available online, contributing to team presentations and recently presenting our findings in a webinar to SEPA (Scotland's Environment Protection Agency).

My research background has provided a variety of opportunities to explore my area of interest in Health and General Well-being (with particular interest in rural areas) from various disciplinary stances. I recently completed my PhD project in Human Geography and Human Computer Interaction (a field in Computing Science), which involved designing technology for largely housebound older adults living in rural areas, to improve opportunities for engagement with activities in the local community. Prior to this, I completed my MSc in International Health and Management, which led to a short voluntary project exploring the use of private and public health care facilities (maternal health) in rural areas of Nepal. My undergraduate degree is in Sociology.

I have undertaken Research Assistant roles in the department of Epidemiology (2010-2011) and a shoter-term role through The James Hutton Institute (2014), which involved conducting focus groups with school children to design an appropriate technology (called Bodbot) for gathering data about children's diets.





Current Research

I am currently working on a project investigating the long-term impacts of flooding.