1st Edition

Flood Risk Management Global Case Studies of Governance, Policy and Communities

Edited By Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell, Matilda Becker Copyright 2019
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    Our changing climate and more extreme weather events have dramatically increased the number and severity of floods across the world. Demonstrating the diversity of global flood risk management (FRM), this volume covers a range of topics including planning and policy, risk governance and communication, forecasting and warning, and economics. Through short case studies, the range of international examples from North America, Europe, Asia and Africa provide analysis of FRM efforts, processes and issues from human, governance and policy implementation perspectives. Written by an international set of authors, this collection of chapters and case studies will allow the reader to see how floods and flood risk management is experienced in different regions of the world. The way in which institutions manage flood risk is discussed, introducing the notions of realities and social constructions when it comes to risk management.

    The book will be of great interest to students and professionals of flood, coastal, river and natural hazard management, as well as risk analysis and insurance, demonstrating multiple academic frameworks of analysis and their utility and drawbacks when applied to real-life FRM contexts.

    1. Realities and social constructions in flood risk management. Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell and Matilda Becker
    2. Legal geography and flood risk management in Germany. Matilda Becker
    3. The changing nature of financing flood damages in Canada. Heather Bond
    4. Power for change in adapting to coastal flood risk on Curacao in the Caribbean. Lena Fuldauer
    5. Power shifts in flood risk management: Insights from Italy. Andrea Farcomeni
    6. ‘Going Dutch’ in flood risk management: how is Dutch flood policy mobilised? Timo Maas
    7. Flood policy process in Jakarta, Indonesia, using the Multiple Streams model. Thanti Octavianti
    8. A revolving door of policy evolution: Climate change adaptation after Superstorm Sandy. Carey Goldman
    9. Policy belief change and learning in response to California flooding. Clarke Knight
    10. The challenges of flood warning systems in the developing world. Mahala McLindin
    11. Flood warning and recovery in Zimbabwe: some salutary lessons. Abigail Tevera
    12. Adapting to floods in social housing in the UK: A social justice issue. Diana King and Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell
    13. Emergency intentional flooding: Is social justice adequately considered? Anne Muter
    14. At the water’s edge: Motivations for floodplain occupation. Laura West Fischer
    15. Flood insurance maps and the US National Flood Insurance Program: A case for coproduction? Allison Reilly
    16. The effectiveness of social media in flood risk communication. Wenhui Wu


    Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell is Professor of Geography and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Middlesex University, where he founded the Flood Hazard Research Centre in 1970. Since 2010 he has been a Visiting Academic at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. He is also the editor of the journal Environmental Hazards (Taylor & Francis).

    Matilda Becker is a DPhil researcher at the School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford. Her research centres on legal geographies of mineral exploration in the Canadian Arctic. Matilda previously worked as a research assistant on a public engagement project for flood risk management in Yorkshire, England. She graduated from the University of Oxford with an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management.