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Tag: Communication


Bath Spa University

February 2013 – June 2013

This is a creative contribution to the ways in which citizens and communities live with each other and their environment in relation to water in a range of UK neighbourhoods. The research asks a series of questions about what communities are, how they function, and the role of environmental (water) assets and issues in the coming together of communities, conflicts within and between communities, and progress to interconnected community and environmental resilience. The ongoing online forum provides a space for the Towards Hydrocitizenship project team and anyone else interested in water to share thoughts, ideas, other projects, and generally to be part of creative conversations about water and water issues.

Research Council: AHRC

Is there a lack of faith in flood protection?

Kingston University


A problem in flood management is a lack of faith in the means of providing protection from floods (e.g. flood resistant barriers) and a resulting fear that the use of untested and potentially unreliable measures will increase anxiety rather than reduce it. People are often happy to rely on insurance for the mitigation of flood risk even though it does little to protect them from the disruption caused by a flood and normally only reimburses a portion of the financial losses incurred. Similarly, although sandbags are relatively ineffective, their use is so strongly associated with floods that they remain the most favoured means of flood protection.

Research Council: Other

Mainstreaming green infrastructure in planning policy and decision making: Translating NERC science into a co-produced spatial planning toolkit.

Northumbria University

September 2017 – September 2020

WATCH THIS SPACE: This fellowship prioritises four critical GI challenges: What constitutes success in the provision and delivery of GI in the planning system? How can we translate existing NERC science associated with the value and benefits of GI into fit for purpose delivery tools for policy and practice? How can we evaluate the added value of GI planning policies and interventions? How can we change/influence behaviour(s) of key actors in the planning arena regarding their valuation and use of GI?

Research Council: NERC

Orkney: Beside the ocean of time

Falmouth University

March 2016 – December 2017

A relatively short-term perspective is dominant in contemporary societies as they face the complicated ongoing consequences of landscape change on every aspect of the human life, from agriculture and provision of food and energy, to the protection of natural or cultural landscapes. This project will enable community dialogue about the ways in which the lived environment has been, and will continue to be, shaped by human and natural activity

Research Council: AHRC

Public perceptions of climate change in the immediate aftermath of major national flooding

Cardiff University

June 2014 – June 2015

The relationship between extreme weather and public attitudes is complex and still little understood. Reading across the evidence from both the national sample and those directly affected, our findings indicate that a significant association between the winter flooding of 2013/14 and climate change did indeed form in the British public mind both during and immediately after these events. 

Research Council: ESRC

SME Guidance – organisational operational response and strategic decision making for long term flood preparedness in urban areas

University of Sheffield

December 2012 – June 2016

In conjunction with SMEs, this business guidance was developed to help prepare for and respond to the impacts of flooding in a handy checklist format. This guidance recommends ‘business continuity buddies’ for SMEs to prepare for the next flood; not if, but when!

Research Council: EPSRC

Stakeholder involvement in the development of flood risk management intervention options

University of Nottingham


This project promotes advancing stakeholder participation beyond consultation, which offers a range of benefits for local flood risk management. It is critical for businesses to be involved and make the most of working with stakeholders.

Research Council: EPSRC

Tree selection for green infrastructure

Lancaster University

January 2016 – March 2018

Can we improve our current approach to tree selection for green infrastructure projects? You shouldn’t rely on nursery information alone, this can offer conflicting advice. In using science to better inform tree selection, you will learn that trees from humid, moist under-storey environments do not have the drought tolerance to thrive in difficult urban planting sites.

Research Council: NERC

Troubled waters – reaching out (projects 1 & 2)

Bath Spa University

September 2015 – January 2018

The winter storms of 2013–2014 set new precedents of coastal damage in the UK, forcing government, heritage bodies and local communities to seriously reconsider the future management of coastal heritage. Organisations and communities were seemingly unprepared for these events, and were surprised by their own emotional response. In the low-lying island nation of Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean, over 100,000 citizens face the possibility of permanent relocation due to climate change and sea-level rise which threaten homeland and heritage. Troubling in itself, Kiribati also presents an unsettling visualisation of a collective future. These diverse settings are brought together in this project through the exploration of current and potential loss of heritage in times of accelerated climate change.

Research Council: AHRC

Twenty65 – can rainwater be captured, treated and reused?

University of Sheffield

January 2016 – January 2021

In the UK the status quo for all water applications is to use chlorinated drinking water. However, rainwater (water captured from roofs) and greywater (water recovered from showers and sinks) can be easily captured, treated and re-used. This ongoing research programme looks at using buildings as collection devices, routing the rainwater through guttering and downpipes and into storage tanks, and how it should be possible to both reduce the volume of rainwater reaching urban drains, and to save that water for local (re)use.

Research Council: EPSRC