Middlesex University’s Flood Hazard Research Centre in the UK has been named as one of the winning institutions in the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for higher and further education in 2000.

The award acknowledges the centre’s work in educating communities about the risks they face from flooding in the UK, Bangladesh, India, Egypt and Australia.

The Flood Hazard Research Centre has been involved in environmental research for over 25 years and works on the cost benefit analysis of all aspects of flood and coastal projects. It has produced standard methods which are used in the UK and have led to increasing interest in other countries.

The Environment Agency’s chief executive, Ed Gallagher, said: ‘The Flood Hazard Research Centre is renowned for its first class work.’

The most recent project the centre has worked on has been a report for the World Commission on Dams about the flood effect of dams. At Three Gorges in China it also calculated the flood alleviation benefits of the scheme, in the course of the economic analysis it carried out on behalf of the World Bank for raising a dike on the Yangtze river.