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Sustainable flood memory: Remembering as resilience

Garde-Hansen, Joanne; McEwen, Lindsey; Holmes, Andrew; Jones, Owain


Joanne Garde-Hansen

Andrew Holmes

Owain Jones


© 2016, © The Author(s) 2016. This article proposes the concept of sustainable flood memory as a critical and agentic form of social and cultural remembering of learning to live with floods. Drawing upon research findings that use the 2007 floods in the South West of England as a case study, we explore and analyse the media representations of flooding, the role of community and communicative memory of past floods for fostering resilience, and map emotional and affective responses to floods. To approach flooding in this way is critical to understanding how communities engage in memory practices (remembering and strategically forgetting) in order to cope with environmental changes. Moreover, the article embraces a research design and strategy in which ‘memory studies’ is brought into a conversation not only with geography (mental maps), social sciences and flood risk management policy but also with stakeholders and communities who collect, archive and remember flood histories in their respective regions.


Garde-Hansen, J., McEwen, L., Holmes, A., & Jones, O. (2017). Sustainable flood memory: Remembering as resilience. Memory Studies, 10(4), 384-405.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 28, 2016
Publication Date Oct 1, 2017
Journal Memory Studies
Print ISSN 1750-6980
Electronic ISSN 1750-6999
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 4
Pages 384-405
Keywords community, environment, flood, forgetting, lay, knowledge, media, memory, narrative, remembering, resilience, risk, sustainable
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