Call – Multi-stakeholder Communication in Flood Risk Management


Multi-stakeholder Communication in Flood Risk Management

Applications are invited to undertake a collaborative project to explore evidence around streamlining multi-stakeholder interactions in a situation of radical uncertainty: flood risk management.

The aim of the project is to draw preliminary conclusions, based on a small number of UK case studies, about how to improve organisational and cultural behaviours in a multi-stakeholder environment with many different levels of understanding, from the first-hand practical knowledge of flooded residents to complex hydrological software used by flood modellers.  How can these different communities talk constructively to each other about risk and uncertainty, to improve flood management and generate community resilience?

The National Flood Forum is a strong and independent voice, a charity dedicated to supporting and representing communities and individuals at risk of flooding. In particular, it works to support the recovery of victims of flooding, to help communities to cope with future flood threats, and speak out to highlight the plight of flood victims and the need for adequate flood prevention investment. This includes working closely with national and local government agencies, flood protection companies and the insurance industry, as well as flood action groups to ensure that the views and issues of those at risk of flooding are taken into account when decisions are made.

Many UK communities annually are severely impacted by inundation events. This project provides the NFF and CRUISSE Network an opportunity to help effect real change in the way we approach and formulate UK flood risk management, and will feed into NFF practice, inform policy advice, and contribute to next year’s work to set the long-term strategic direction of flood risk management.


Up to £15,000 is available for this initiative. Applicants should provide a 4 page A4 document setting out how they would approach the task and why they think they are suitable to carry it out. They should provide details of grant administration, finances, time line and deliverables (and an indication of supervisory responsibility for junior researchers if applicable).

The proposal will include ideas about the kinds of information needed for the study, how it will be analysed and followed up, and the types of outcomes that may be expected.

The National Flood Forum will arrange access to stakeholder representatives for interviews where required, as soon as possible after the project commences.

More information about the National Flood Forum is available on their website:

It is envisaged that a senior academic, postdoc or research student will apply to conduct the project themselves or to obtain funds to employ someone else suitable to conduct the work under their supervision over a period of about 6 months starting as soon as possible.

The PI, Co-I or other core members of the CRUISSE Network will be available for consultation and expect to receive informal updates on progress occasionally during the project as well as any formal deliverables specified by the applicant.

The applicant will probably be a social scientist with some prior experience of flood hazards, uncertainty communication, and/or multi-stakeholder participatory decision-making communities.

Before the project commences, the successful applicant in collaboration with the NFF contacts will be expected to draw up a brief (maximum 2 page) summary of the expected

outcomes and impacts of the work, including its longer-term contribution toward the

aims of the NFF. This document should also set out the expected level of interaction between the applicant and the NFF partners, and an approximate timeline for the work.

Eligibility and Evaluation

Applications for Project 2 should be sent to

Applicants must be staff (including current postdocs and PDRA’s) working at an eligible UK institution. Please refer to the EPSRC Eligibility of organisations webpage to check your institution’s eligibility:


The proposals will be reviewed and evaluated quickly within the CRUISSE Network.


Deadline for Applications: 20th December 2017.