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SuDS and human behaviour: Co-developing solutions to encourage sustainable behaviour

Everett, Glyn; Lamond, Jessica


Jessica Lamond
College Dean for Research & Enterprise


© 2016 The Authors, published by EDP Sciences. Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are today widely considered to be a more progressive and environmentally sensitive approach to Flood Risk Management (FRM). However, this paper argues that the sustainability of SuDS should not be so simply presumed. Devices will depend upon correct behaviour from those local to them in order to function properly over time, and for Green Infrastructure SuDS to flourish and deliver their promised multiple benefits. This paper looks to the potential value in using Social Practice Theory as a lens for understanding current behaviours around SuDS devices, and for assessing possible strategies for encouraging positive behaviour amongst affected communities. It concludes in arguing that involving local people as much as possible in the co-design of systems and then working to maintain involvement and awareness will be the most cost-effective means by which SuDS might be made to live up to the sustainability they are celebrated for.


Everett, G., & Lamond, J. (2016, October). SuDS and human behaviour: Co-developing solutions to encourage sustainable behaviour. Paper presented at 3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management (FLOODrisk 2016), Lyon, France

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name 3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management (FLOODrisk 2016)
Start Date Oct 17, 2016
End Date Oct 21, 2016
Acceptance Date Oct 1, 2016
Publication Date Oct 20, 2016
Journal E3S Web of Conferences
Electronic ISSN 2267-1242
Publisher EDP Sciences
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Pages 15004
Keywords sustainable drainage systems, flood risk management, flooding, green infrastructure
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