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Collaborative Workshop: Flood Risk Management in Cities

On 14 December 2018, from 9:00 to 15:00, a workshop on establishing collaborative research to evaluate the effectiveness of governance arrangements in achieving resilient, efficient, and legitimate flood risk management outcomes took place at KIT.
Flood Risk Management in Cities

Reocurring pictures of flooded neighborhoods and destroyed infrastructures put on the political agenda the question how effective are Germany’s flood risk governance arrangements in achieving resilient, efficient, and legitimate flood risk management outcomes in cities. While current and past research has explored this question from multiple perspectives for a range of communities, we still lack generalizable data to systematically compare the findings across communities within Germany but also between countries. This limits our potential to identify and tackle systematic risks that explain the issues that the available evidence has highlighted and that support the development of effective governance arrangements, which strengthen a city’s resilience to flooding, improve the efficiency of its flood risk management and enhance the legitimacy of flood risk management decisions. Furthermore, it limits the lessons that other countries can deduce from the German experience and visa versa.

Drawing practical and theoretical insights from past and current research, three interrelated roundtables reflected on the analytical tools available to study the complex constellation of institutions, resources, actor networks and discourses that shape urban flood risk governance arrangements at a municipal level. These roundtable discussions were embedded in a workshop that was designed to facilitate research collaborations.

The workshop was organized by Dr. Antje Witting (University of Konstanz).


Invited experts:

Prof. Dr. Dries Hegger (Utrecht University)

Prof. Dr. Daniel Henstra (University of Waterloo)

Prof. Dr. Marc Illgen (University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern)

Dr. Thomas Bolognesi (University of Geneva)

Anne-Marie Albrecht (Regierungspräsidium Tübingen)

Elisa Kochskämper (Leuphana University of Lüneburg)

Prof. Dr. Jörn Birkmann (University of Stuttgart)

Dr. Fabian Dosch (Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung)

Dr. Reinhard Marth (Projektträger Jülich)


Date: 14 December 2018, 9:00 - 15:00

Venue: KIT, Campus South, building 10.81, room 318


Further information are provided in the DRAFT PROGRAMME.