On the horns of a dilemma: experts as communicators for property-level flood risk adaptation measures

Davids, Peter, R., Priest, Sally J. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2304-1502 and Hartmann, Thomas (2023) On the horns of a dilemma: experts as communicators for property-level flood risk adaptation measures. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 16 (2) , e12881. ISSN 1753-318X [Article] (doi:10.1111/jfr3.12881)

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This paper investigates the role of flood risk experts in supporting homeowners to implement property-level flood risk adaption (PLFRA). Homeowners can reduce their flood risks by implementing PLFRA. However, oftentimes they need advice on what sort of and how to implement PLFRA. This means that tailored experts advice is necessary to inform homeowners on such measures. But experience shows that mere information is often insufficient to motivate homeowners to realize measures. This contribution explores the reasons for the ineffectiveness of expert advice by investigating how expert advice responds to homeowners’ rationalities. Based on a case study from Flanders, Belgium, this paper reveals how the relation between experts and homeowners differs related to different rationalities of homeowners. The paper uses Cultural Theory to discuss strategies on how experts, providing advice on property-level risk adaption, could move beyond engineering skills by also using risk communication skills in order to involve homeowners in flood risk governance.

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Keywords (uncontrolled): Flood risk communication, flood risk experts, homeowners, property-level risk adaption (PLFRA), Cultural Theory, Belgium
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 37213
Notes on copyright: Copyright © 2023 The Authors. Journal of Flood Risk Management published by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), 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.
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Depositing User: Sally Priest
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2023 14:04
Last Modified: 25 May 2023 09:19
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/37213

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