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Civil society contributions to local level flood resilience: Before, during and after the 2015 Boxing Day floods in the Upper Calder Valley

Forrest, S., Trell, E-M. & Woltjer, J., Jun-2019, In : Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 44, 2, p. 422-436 15 p.

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There is an increasing emphasis on the local level as well as growing expectations regarding civil society actors in flood‐risk management in the UK. However, not enough is known about the potential contributions of civil society to flood resilience at the local level. This paper addresses this knowledge gap by conceptualising flood resilience at the local level across three phases inherent to flood disasters: pre‐flood, during the flood and post‐flood. These phases act as the foundation for this paper's exploration of the contributions of civil society to local‐level flood resilience. Data were collected before, during and after the 2015 Boxing Day floods through interviews (in 2015 and 2017) and from secondary data sources. The paper identifies the importance of time and place when analysing civil society contributions to local level flood resilience. These contributions were dynamic over time with a strong initial response that diminished over time due to apathy, “active forgetting” and lack of further exposure. Exposure and a sense of community strongly influenced civil society contributions to flood resilience in the Upper Calder Valley. Issues of representation and varying place‐based capacities were also identified as relevant for flood resilience‐based policies. These results have larger implications for our understanding of the contributions of civil society actors to flood resilience and suggest that while they can deliver better local context‐specific approaches, there needs to be caution over the long‐term sustainability and longevity of their contributions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-436
Number of pages15
JournalTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Volume44
Issue number2
Early online date30-Nov-2018
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2019

    Keywords

  • civil society, England, flood groups, flooding, resilience, RISK-MANAGEMENT, STRATEGIES, COMMUNITY, FRAMEWORK, RECOVERY

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