Innovation in flood risk management: an 'Avenues of Innovation' analysis

Guerriero, Rebecca and Penning-Rowsell, Edmund C. ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Innovation in flood risk management: an 'Avenues of Innovation' analysis. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 14 (1) , e12677. pp. 1-14. ISSN 1753-318X [Article] (doi:10.1111/jfr3.12677)

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Innovation in flood risk management (FRM) is a driver for change. Research, however, is sparse in this area, and innovation itself appears to be left largely to chance. This paper uses a ’systems of innovation’ approach, defining ’avenues’ of innovation, to explore factors that promote or inhibit innovation. The research is based on in-depth interviews with 10 leading figures in FRM in the United Kingdom, and describes the interactions and iterations involved. We conclude that in terms of practice the encouragement of champions should be enhanced, risk cultures require concerted attention to minimise risk aversion, learning should be facilitated, and innovation scaled up to maximise its effectiveness. We aim also to add to the literature on innovation systems, providing a case study of a complex field previously unexplored in this regard. Detailed innovation-encouraging processes here need to be better understood and FRM policies and practices adjusted accordingly.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Geography, Planning and Development, Environmental Engineering, Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality, Water Science and Technology
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 31518
Notes on copyright: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
© 2020 The Authors. Journal of Flood Risk Management published by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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