Part Two: Understanding the determinants of individual and community resilience

Increasing flood risk is one of the principal causes of concern associated with changing climate in the UK. Floods have high political and policy relevance and urgency, yet there remains much uncertainty regarding which factors increase social resilience to flooding (a key adaptation strategy specified within the National Adaptation Programme). The impacts of floods also represent an issue of land use planning and other policy measures at various levels of government and involve additional economic costs of social disruption.

In part two, the project will explore the mechanisms by which flooding affects psychological well-being and stress at the individual and household levels, including an assessment of secondary stressors. In addition, we will investigate the determinants of resilience at the community level that will provide evidence for the development of measures to maintain or enhance community resilience in flood risk areas. An important component of the research will be to develop better outcome measures for individual and community resilience for future research, and contribute to regional and national policy concerned with increasing individual and community resilience to flooding.