River Embankments - Reality and Perceptions in a System Approach

Aim Of Project:

Are embankments the best possible solution for flood risk management? Key research questions include: 

  1. What impacts have embankments had on river dynamics?
  2. Do embankments reduce perceived flood risk? What is the narrative content of the “public pressure for action” that has already been noted above?
  3. What are the costs and benefits of river embankments from the perspectives of different stakeholders?
  4. How can non-traditional sources of flood data help flood risk estimation?
  5. What are the reforms and institutional changes required to strengthen embankment governance?
Lead Researcher:
Robert Wasson
Research Cluster:
Water Science & Public Policy