WS17: Flood Risk Governance – from theory to practice

Published: 8 October 2018


Maria Pettersson (Luleå University of Technology):
Susana Goytia (Luleå University of Technology):
Marleen van Rijswick (Utrecht University):

Flood risk can be defined as the probability that a flood of a certain scale and with certain impact will occur. A number of factors contribute to the generation of flood risk, including climatic, economic and social conditions, land use and the use of technology. These aspects – and their changeable nature – need to be considered in the governance of flood risk. The emerging flood risk governance literature therefore strives to identify new forms of governance (e.g., multi-level, participative, adaptive), explain how shifts in governance occur (e.g., path dependence, shock events), and/or evaluate governance outcomes (e.g., resilience, efficiency, legitimacy). We welcome papers dealing with flood risk governance in relation to change and uncertainty, preferably providing insights on how governance can be translated into practice through legal, policy and planning instruments.