Local policy and practice in flood risk management

  • Zoe Letitia Kershaw

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy


Flood risk management is proving to be one of the most dynamic fields of interaction between recent science, policy and practice. A more localised approach is being driven forward. National Government is less likely to authorise
costly schemes of flood defence that put less priority on local level engagement, and therefore responsibility and accountability have been moved down the ‘strategic ladder’. This research investigates whether the local level of policy and
practice is ready for the responsibility of local flood risk management and how any lack of expertise is being dealt with. The qualitative study, using semi ‐
structured interviews with key flood management professionals from the Environment Agency, Local Authorities and Internal Drainage Boards, focuses on
two regions within England and Wales. The findings highlight that moves towards greater partnership working are occurring, instigated by reduced funding in the current financial climate. Effective communication is essential, though this must be allied with greater appreciation of the understanding and
experience of the local level of governance in flood risk management.
Date of Award2011
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Aberystwyth University
SupervisorChristopher Keith Bear (Supervisor)


  • flood risk

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