Southlake Moor under water, near Burrowbridge.
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and Patrick Mackie.

Research methods

The project used both qualitative and quantitative methods across three distinct phases to explore themes related the causes and solutions of flooding in the UK, the impacts of flooding on everyday life, drivers of individual and community resilience and to what extent flood events are seen to provide opportunities to determine regional and national policy responses. 

Download an in-depth description of the projects methodologies (.pdf) and a map showing the projects study sites (.pdf).

Phase One

In-depth Longitudinal Interviews with Stakeholders and Members of the Public

Somerset (n=60) and stakeholders with a professional interest or responsibility for flood risk management across local, regional and national scales (n=52).

Themes discussed included the causes and solutions to flood events in 2013/14, the impacts on well-being of flood events, and the role of individuals and institutions in reducing future flood risk.

Initial interviews were held in July-October 2014 and repeated in April-May 2015 to explore how perceptions, experiences and processes of response evolve over time.

Phase Two:

Telephone Survey

This phase explored the saliency of the themes arising from the interviews across a broader population of people in regions affected by the 2013/14 winter floods.

The survey sampled from the UK counties of Somerset (n=500) and Lincolnshire (n=500); topics included views on the causes of floods, the acceptability of flood risk reduction schemes, and a quantitative assessment of how well-being is affected by flooding and the subsequent recovery period.

Phase Three:

Deliberative Workshops with Stakeholders and Members of the Public

Two deliberative workshops were held with participants from the stakeholder and public interview cohorts (n=32).

The workshops were designed to explore some of the initial findings from the project. The format of the workshops encouraged participants to comment on the major themes arising from the interviews and reflect on future flood risk management.