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Tag: Policy

Increasing Civil Society’s capacity to deal with changing extreme weather risk: negotiating dichotomies in theory and practice

University of the West of England

January 2017 – December 2019

UK government approaches to the management of increasing extreme weather risk have shifted since the mid-1990s from a top-down centrally imposed model to devolved responsibility where Civil Society (CS) is a key player. This seminar series aims to critically examine the changing role of CS in Extreme Weather Adaptation (preparation, recovery, prevention, mitigation, evaluation). Businesses, particularly SMEs, will have the opportunity to reflect on how they can embed within community networks and have a mutually supportive role in community resilience planning within the EWAC.

Research Council: ESRC

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

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

Safe & SuRe: towards a new paradigm for urban water management

University of Exeter

March 2013 – August 2018

Property level surface water management:

  • What measures can you apply to your own property? James Webber
  • Achieving resilience to extreme events through effective emergency planning – Sarah Bunney

Research Council: EPSRC

Smart forecasting: joined-up flood forecasting (FF) infrastructure with uncertainties

University of Sheffield

July 2016 – June 2021

WATCH THIS SPACE: Reliable and comprehensive flood forecasting is crucial to ensure resilient cities and sustainable socio-economic development in a future faced with an unprecedented increase in atmospheric temperature and intensified precipitation.

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

Suburban Neighbourhood Adaptation for a Changing Climate (SNACC)

Oxford Brookes University

September 2009 – December 2012

Adaptation to changes in the climate are important to suburban neighbourhoods, where 84% of the British population choose to live. Specific building-level adaptation opportunities relating to flooding include: green roofs, SUDs, rainwater capture, storage and use; increases in gutter, downpipe and drainage size; moving all electrical outlets, metering, boiler and electrical equipment above flood level; replacing carpet and wood floods with permeable surfaces; raising entry thresholds; adding overhangs and shading elements that can block driving rain; local knowledge of individuals; re-organising dwelling contents so nothing important is on the lower level.

Research Council: EPSRC

The 2013/14 winter floods and policy change: the dynamics of change in the aftermath of major crises

University of Exeter

July 2014 – June 2015

It is essential to understand the perceptions of the problems and solutions that evolve during the year following a flood event in order to better understand how longer term policy responses occurs at local and national scales.

Research Council: ESRC

The economics and financing of resilient urban infrastructure

University of Leeds

January 2018 – January 2021

The essential upgrading required by existing UK infrastructure rates poorly compared to that of other advanced economies (HM Government, 2017). Poor infrastructure affects the productivity and competitiveness of businesses and industries, and increases the risks of adverse economic and social impacts due to extreme weather events, such as flooding. This project will develop the economic case for investing in resilient urban infrastructure at a city scale, exploring the synergies between disaster risk reduction and improvements in productivity, economic growth, employment, environmental quality, and human well-being. It will focus on the Leeds city area, which has been affected by extreme flooding in the past, seeking to draw lessons that can be applied more broadly to other cities in the UK and abroad.

Research Council: ESRC

The impact of flood risk on commercial property insurability, maintenance and recovery, property utility and, ultimately, property value

University of the West of England


Flooding has the potential to have significant impact on the value of properties depending on the level of inherent vulnerability. Experts argue that it is not the actual risk but the perception of risk among property holders that influences vulnerability of value.

Research Council: Other