This project is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)

This project is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).

Part One: The dynamics of change in the aftermath of major crises

The early periods following major flood crises are important opportunities to determine longer-term policy responses at local and national scales. How problems, such as flooding, are described and interpreted (i.e. in terms of causes and solutions) has significant implications for the type of responses that are put forward for consideration.  The research examines where emergent policy ideas come from, identify the agents of these ideas, and explain how they are institutionalised and re-embedded into existing political arrangements. Responsibility for flood management is wide ranging, there are numerous policy makers within central government (e.g. the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), a broad array of governing bodies (e.g. the Environment Agency, Internal Drainage Boards, Local authorities), and those directly affected by flooding on their land, in businesses, and in their homes.

The project will inform policy and contribute to the development of robust, long-term responses to floods that are attuned to the values and perspectives of the different people affected.