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A conceptual framework for understanding community resilience to flooding

Nsobya, Claude; Moncaster, Alice; Potter, Karen; Mabon, Leslie; Ramsay, Jed

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Claude Nsobya

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Alice Moncaster
Professor in Digital and Sustainable Construction

Karen Potter

Leslie Mabon

Jed Ramsay


Flooding, an already prevalent global hazard, is predicted to worsen in frequency and intensity. Flood Risk Governance has evolved from exclusively combating flooding to now also coexisting with it, aiming to enhance resilience comprehensively and over the long term. A narrative literature review presents diverse conceptualisations of resilience to flooding, highlighting ongoing debates about whether resilience is an outcome or process. This paper contends that resilience can and should encompass both the process and outcome-based components. Critically reviewing existing conceptualisations, this paper proposes a holistic framework for understanding community resilience. The framework comprises three components: the capacity to resist, the capacity to respond and recover, and the capacity to adapt. Six specific and potentially overlapping, capacities are identified as Social, Physical, Human, Economic, Institutional, and Natural. The paper also discusses the importance of qualitative research in providing more nuance when assessing resilience. The paper clarifies the complexity of resilience in the face of evolving flood risks, proposing an integrated framework that spans capacities, ongoing processes, and ultimate outcomes. This framework will provide the foundation for understanding and analysing community resilience to groundwater flooding in Buckinghamshire, UK.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name World Sustainable Built Environment 2024
Start Date Jun 12, 2024
End Date Jun 14, 2024
Acceptance Date May 30, 2024
Online Publication Date Jul 4, 2024
Publication Date Jul 4, 2024
Deposit Date Jul 4, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jul 5, 2024
Publisher IOP Publishing
Volume 1363
Series Title IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Series Number 1363
Series ISSN 1755-1315
Book Title IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
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