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Understanding environmental knowledge controversies : the case of flood risk management

The project addresses the knowledge controversies generated by the science and politics of 'flood risk modelling' and how to improve public involvement in determining the role of rural land management in the amelioration of flood risk. It focuses on two case study localities - Ryedale in Yorkshire and the Sussex Ouse. It is organised around three main themes:-

  • Analysing how the knowledge claims and modelling technologies of hydrological science are taken up and put into practice in flood risk management. The analysis will focus on how and why flood models become subject to scientific dispute and public controversy, and with what consequences for public engagement and trust;
  • Developing an integrated model for forecasting the in-river and floodplain effects of rural land management practices. This model will be used to test hypotheses about how land management in both lowland and upland environments impacts on downstream flood risk.
  • Experimenting with a new approach to public engagement in the production of interdisciplinary environmental science, using what is call 'competency groups', and evaluating this methodology to assess its potential role in understanding other environmental knowledge controversies.
Keynote speech

Author: Stuart Lane Date: 28 November 2008 Conference paper/presentation