Flooding: social science evidence synthesis

There is a new emphasis on shared responsibility and action with regards to managing flood risks. Brook Lyndhurst were commissioned by Defra to carry out an exploratory research project on local ownership and management of flood risk. The research involved the synthesis of existing social science evidence and practitioner experience, and the identification of gaps in the existing knowledge.

The research found that understanding individuals’ attitudes and behaviours, and the capabilities and constraints which shape community responses to flooding, is of critical importance to the development of the new, more collaborative model of flood risk management.

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Brook Lyndhurst is an independent research and strategy consultancy. We use a variety of research techniques to tackle questions concerned with understanding, promoting and delivering sustainable development. Broadly, our work falls into one of six key areas – climate change; communities; business and sustainability; waste and resources; food; and sustainable lifestyles.

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