Online from: 1992
Subject Area: Environmental Management/Environment
Options: To add Favourites and Table of Contents Alerts please take a Emerald profile
|Title:||Attaining improved resilience to floods: a proactive multi-stakeholder approach|
|Author(s):||Lee Bosher, (Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK), Andrew Dainty, (Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK), Patricia Carrillo, (Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK), Jacqueline Glass, (Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK), Andrew Price, (Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)|
|Citation:||Lee Bosher, Andrew Dainty, Patricia Carrillo, Jacqueline Glass, Andrew Price, (2009) "Attaining improved resilience to floods: a proactive multi-stakeholder approach", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 18 Iss: 1, pp.9 - 22|
|Keywords:||Decision making, Floods, Risk analysis, United Kingdom|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/09653560910938501 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||Funding for this research came from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK, via the Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre (IMCRC) at Loughborough University. The authors would like to acknowledge the comments and suggestions provided by the anonymous reviewers of this paper. Any remaining errors are the responsibility of the authors.|
Purpose – There is a need to proactively address strategic weaknesses in protecting the built environment from a range of hazards. This paper seeks to focus on the mitigation for flood hazards in the UK; particularly in understanding the extent of the problem, collating key guidance and legislation related to flood hazard mitigation, identifying who the key construction decision makers are and the most opportune stages of the Design-Construction-Operation Process when they need to make their key decisions.
Design/methodology/approach – A pluralistic research design was adopted for the study, which included a UK-wide questionnaire survey and a set of semi-structured interviews involving a range of professionals from construction, planning, insurance, emergency management and local/national government agencies was undertaken.
Findings – Despite the publication of a range of guidance on flood hazard mitigation in the UK there is still insufficient evidence that key construction stakeholders are playing an active role in mitigating flood risk. The pre-construction phase of a building's life cycle is identified as is the most critical stage when key stakeholders need to adopt flood hazard mitigation strategies. The socio-institutional constraints to the proactive attainment of built-in resilience are highlighted as are recommendations as to how these constraints can be addressed.
Research limitations/implications – The paper reports on the provisional findings of an ongoing project but these findings nonetheless provide essential foundations for the latter development of the PRE-EMPT toolkit and also raise some important considerations about flood resilience in the UK.
Originality/value – The findings presented reveal how stakeholders should be better involved, and what issues they need to address, regarding the integration of built-in resilience into construction decision making.
To purchase this item please login or register.
Complete and print this form to request this document from your librarian