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Using Learning and Action Alliances to build capacity for local flood risk management

Shaun, Maskrey; Shaun, Maskrey; Vilcan, Tudor; O'Donnell, Emily; Lamond, Jessica; Tudor, Vilcan; Emily, O'Donnell


Maskrey Shaun

Maskrey Shaun

Tudor Vilcan

Emily O'Donnell

Jessica Lamond
Professor in Real Estate and Flood Risk Management

Vilcan Tudor

O'Donnell Emily


Learning and Action Alliances (LAAs) are becoming an increasingly popular method for overcoming the challenges associated with participatory forms of governance, where decision making requires collaboration between stakeholders. In flood risk management, LAAs provide a mechanism through which institutional participants can come together, share knowledge, innovate, and devise solutions to ‘wicked’ problems. While the social learning generated at LAAs is now well understood, the mechanism by which this learning is translated into action is less so. In this paper, we argue that in order to maximise the potential for action, LAAs must attend to different elements of capacity building, in order that action can diffuse outwards, from the individual members of the LAA, to their organisations and society beyond. By investigating two UK case study examples, we illustrate how different elements might be utilised in combination, to maximise the potential for longer-term, longer-lasting change. We conclude that the architects of participatory processes, including LAAs, should attend to different elements of capacity building, and consider those best suited to their individual contexts and objectives.

Journal Article Type Article
Print ISSN 1462-9011
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Series ISSN 1462-9011
APA6 Citation Shaun, M., Vilcan, T., O'Donnell, E., & Lamond, J. (in press). Using Learning and Action Alliances to build capacity for local flood risk management. Environmental Science and Policy,
Keywords Learning and Action Alliances, social learning, capacity building, action, flood risk management