Organisational Operational Response and Strategic Decision Making for Long Term Flood Preparedness in Urban Areas

Lead Research Organisation: Durham University
Department Name: Engineering and Computing Sciences

Abstract

Flooding presents a significant and growing challenge to the United Kingdom and the wider world. In the UK, the 2000 floods were the worst since 1947 and the 2007 floods resulted in the greatest loss of essential services since World War II. Given that milder, wetter winters and localised extreme weather events are likely to be a growing feature of climate patterns, this threat is likely to grow. In fact, some estimates suggest that by 25 years time annual UK flood damage could stand at £25bn.

The flooding of an organisation's premises causes loss, disruption and distress for staff, clients and owners and also impacts upon the wider economy. To reduce these negative effects, organisations in at-risk areas need to learn how to prepare for such events. Currently, businesses and not-for-profit groups rarely have proper plans in place for ensuring the continuity of their activities. The project will conduct empirical research into the behaviours of organisations, model their interactions with other organisations such as emergency responders, insurers and customers. It will also iteratively develop and test (with end users) a digital communication tool that will provide organisations practical information in an format that engages users in a tailored and active learning process. Drawing on the multidisciplinary skills of researchers from engineering, hydrology, economics, business and the behavioural/social sciences, this innovative approach will develop a model that can give private, public and third-sector organisations the confidence, understanding and information necessary to make their organisations financially, physically and operationally more resilient to flooding.

Planned Impact

The beneficial impacts of this research will initially be experienced in the case-study geographical areas. However, the aim of the project is to develop tools that can be adopted anywhere in the UK, so the longer-term benefits would be far more widespread. These impacts would be as follows:

- Owners and managers of SMEs will benefit from the availability of easily accessed, relevant and flexibly-formatted information that can make it easier for them to improve flood-related business continuity.

- Managers, non-executive officers and trustees of not-for-profit organisations in areas of flood risk will benefit from the availability of easily accessed, relevant and flexibly-formatted information that makes it easier for them to improve their ability to deliver services during and after floods.

- Residents of at-risk areas will benefit from the wider availability of public and commercial services during and immediately after flooding, and will therefore suffer less disruption during flooding. This particularly applies to more vulnerable residents (e.g. those with infirmities and families with young children).

- People working in at-risk areas will benefit from losing less working time as a result of floods.

- Emergency response services will experience less demand for emergency support from organisations during floods and will therefore be able to allocate their resources more strategically.

- Businesses and residents in the areas surrounding directly flood-affected areas will experience improved continuity of services and supplies.

- Insurance providers will experience a reduction in claims for damage and loss of business continuity...

- ... and SMEs and other organisations in at-risk areas may then eventually experience lower insurance premiums and/or reduced insurance excess levels.

- Those responsible for the benefit-cost evaluation of proposed flood risk management schemes (e.g. in local authorities, the Environment Agency and in the Environment Agency's framework partners) will benefit from the learning concerning the wider economic impacts of flooding.

Publications

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Ahilan, S. (2014) Using Agent-based Modelling with Inundation Predictions to Enhance the Resilience of Small Businesses in 6th International Conference on Flood Management

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Coates G (2016) Investigating the flood responsiveness of small and medium enterprises using agent-based modelling and simulation in International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering

 
Description We have focused on gaining an understanding of how Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) prepare and respond to flood events.
Exploitation Route Our findings might be useful for SMEs in terms of informing them how they might improve their preparation for and response to future flood events. As indicated under engagement activities, we have been engaging with both industry and academia in order to broaden the reach of our research.
Sectors Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Retail

URL http://sesame.uk.com/
 
Description DEFRA's Property Flood Resilience Roundtable's* 5-year plan included the creation of a web-based tool that promotes flood resilience measures to small businesses and households and that now receives a thousand monthly hits. According to the chair of the task-group responsible for creating this tool, the SESAME research and test-of-concept web-tool "provided much of the evidence base" for the development of the Roundtable tool. By "challeng[ing] our assumptions about [users] needs, preferences and decision making processes", he said, the SESAME work enabled the task-group to "optimise the tool to address the needs of [users]". This led to the Roundtable's tool being more accessible, effective and attractive to a broader audience. As a result, more householders and SMEs had access to information about PLR and were able to investigate ways of reducing their vulnerability to flooding. The underlying principles and content of the SESAME proto e-tool has also informed other UKRI drought-related research/ KE with SMEs including NERC DRY (Drought Risk and You) and NERC ENDOWS. This has included the importance of business to business knowledge exchange in promoting adaptive strategies to SMEs. * The Property Flood Resilience Roundtable is a group of commercial and public sector stakeholders in flood risk management that is driving forward the PFR agenda across England and more widely. Members include Defra, Environment Agency, Aviva, Axa, Flood Re, Association of British Insurers, BIBA, Federation of Small Businesses.
 
Description Membership of the Round Table on Property Level Flood Resilience
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description influence on centre4resilience
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Community resilience
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation South Yorkshire Police 
Department South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description EPSRC Grand Challenges programme, TWENTY 65: Tailored Water Solutions for Positive Impact (McGuinness Co-Investigator).
Amount £3,917,265 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N010124/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2015 
End 10/2020
 
Description ESRC Festival of Social Science programme: 'Business as (un)usual: flood risk and SMEs'
Amount £1,720 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 11/2014
 
Description ESRC Festival of Social Science programme: Could social media help you during a disaster?
Amount £890 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2017 
End 11/2017
 
Description ESRC seminar series, 'Increasing Civil Society's Capacity to Deal with Changing Extreme Weather Risk: Negotiating dichotomies in theory and practice'(McGuinness Co-Investigator).
Amount £29,811 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/N008944/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2016 
End 05/2019
 
Description White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership ESRC Collaborative Awards 2017/18
Amount £58,494 (GBP)
Organisation White Rose University Consortium 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2020
 
Description Kelham Island Community Resilience Project Evaluation 
Organisation South Yorkshire Police
Department South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Throuh contacts made with SYLRF personnel through the Sesame and DRY projects, McGuinness was approach to provide expertise and support in a community resileince inititaive in the Kelham Isalnd community in Sheffield focussed on flood risk management.
Collaborator Contribution Contacts, time, participation in the evaluation process.
Impact In development - ongoing
Start Year 2016
 
Description Social media and community disaster resilience: a process based study of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue 
Organisation South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Co-production of project remit and design for White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, ESRC Collaborative Award, 2017-2020
Collaborator Contribution Co-production of project remit and design for White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, ESRC Collaborative Award, 2017-2020. Promised support through financial contribution (£6,000) in-kind contribution (£3,000) and 6 week internship with SYFR for the PhD student.
Impact Award has been made - studentship to commence October 2017
Start Year 2017
 
Title SESAME prototype e-learning tool for business 
Description This e-learning tool was co-created with small businesses in Tewkesbury and organisations that work with small businesses in resilience planning. The co-production involved both the co-design of the site and the co-production of elements/artefacts within the site. The url for the site is: www.floodresilientbusiness.co.uk. The tool has a number of different elements to support contingency planning and also longer-term adaptation of small businesses. These include: digital stories, science exchange films, interactive activities, links to resources, and a forum. The product is currently being evaluated by other businesses as an extension to the project. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The e-learning tool has been shortlisted for a Project Excellence Award under 'Building Resilience' in Flood and Coasts 2017(national conference in March 2017). The tool has been showcased in DEFRA's Flood Resilience Round table (2016/2017). 
URL http://floodresilientbusiness.co.uk
 
Title www.floodresilientbusiness.co.uk 
Description An e-learning tool to engage small businesses in flood risk areas with the topic of flood resilience, and to promote greater business continuity 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Membership for Tim Harries of the steering group for a flood resilience one-stop-shop that was commissioned by the Defra-facilitated Round Table for Property Level Flood Resilience. 
URL http://www.floodresilientbusiness.co.uk
 
Description A talk or presentation - Presentation at 3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management (FLOODrisk 2016), Lyon, France, 17-21 October 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at 3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management (FLOODrisk 2016), Lyon, France, 17-21 October 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description A talk or presentation - Presentation at International Conference on Flood Recovery, Innovation and Response (FRIAR 2016), Venice, Italy, 29 June 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Presentation at International Conference on Flood Recovery, Innovation and Response (FRIAR 2016), Venice, Italy, 29 June 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Action Group on Flood and Drought, UK Water Partnership 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited member of Expert Group on Flood and Drought (2014-15) commissioned by established by the UK Water Partnership. Output from this is a report commissioned by the UK Water Partnership Research and Innovation Group
The UK Water Partnership (2015) 'Droughts and Floods: Towards a More Holistic Approach (Releasing the full value of UK research)', The UK Water Partnership, July 2015. Lead author, Wharfe, J.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
URL http://www.theukwaterpartnership.org/droughts-and-floods-towards-a-more-holistic-approach/
 
Description Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change (ARCC) Network Assembly 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This talk was aimed at disseminating information on the SESAME flood risk management project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Appearance on the BBC Politics Show - West 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact As a result of my press release, I took part in an on-air discussion with an MP and a candidate for an MEP position on the subject of flooding and blame.

not known
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Article in Independent Newspaper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact not known
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/war-is-waged-on-developers-who-target-sites-with-no-f...
 
Description Article in the Irish Examiner 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Not known
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/expert-view-floods-have-dramatic-emotional-and-social-impact-25...
 
Description Article published in the Daily Telegraph's 'Business Reporter' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact not known
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://business-reporter.co.uk/2014/07/homeowners-warming-to-flood-defences-thanks-to-subsidy/
 
Description BBC News 24 - live interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I appeared alongside someone from the insurance industry on a c. 20-minute live studio interview on BBC News 24. The piece covered the floods in Scotland and N England. In particular, the discussion covered insurance and the impacts on businesses and households of repeated floods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description BBC Radio Cambridge, Naked Scientist - March 9th, 2014. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Not known.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description BBC, Inside Out West - February 11th, 2014. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Not known.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description BBC, Inside Out West Midland - February 25th, 2014. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Not known.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Business Research Partnership Group for the SESAME project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This Business Research Partnership Group (BRPG) comprised a group of small business owners in Tewkesbury. The BRPG worked in partnership with the members of the project's work package on small business adaptation to flood risk for increased resilience over 18 months - through face to face meetings and virtual exchange. The focus of discussions has been the co-design of a prototype e-learning tool for small businesses. The objective of the group meetings was mutual knowledge exchange about how small businesses learn. One meeting was collaborative with our Business Stakeholder Competency (another entry in Research Fish) with the aim to increase inter-professional exchanges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Business engagement - collaboration with Business in the Community (UK) on 'Forces for Change' presented at Business Unusual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Member of a team from the Management School, University of Sheffield (led by Dr Jon Burchell), funded under a IIKE Collaborative R&D and Partnership award to review and update Business in the Community's 'Forces for Change' framework. This was launched through interactive workshop sessions at the BiTC's Business Unusual Conference, 6 May 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.bitc.org.uk/yorkshire-humber/events/business-unusual-conference
 
Description Chartered Institute of Insureres (Middlesbrough) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Through Durham's Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, the Chartered Institute of Insurers (Newcastle) were made aware of the SESAME project via a research talk by G. Coates and M. McGuinness.

Through Durham's Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, the Chartered Institute of Insurers (Newcastle) were made aware of the SESAME project via a research talk by G. Coates and M. McGuinness.

We have been asked to present again once the research project has progressed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Chartered Institute of Insurers (Newcastle) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Through Durham's Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, the Chartered Institute of Insurers (Newcastle) were made aware of the SESAME project via a research talk by G. Coates and M. McGuinness.

Through Durham's Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, the Chartered Institute of Insurers (Newcastle) were made aware of the SESAME project via a research talk by G. Coates and M. McGuinness.

We have been asked to present again once the research project has progressed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Civil Society and Emergency Response: conflicting discourses of dependency and empowerment' seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I participated in this ESRC supported seminar which took place at Dundee University on 25 April 2018. It is one of the 'Increasing Civil Society's Capacity to Deal with Changing Extreme Weather Risk: Negotiating dichotomies in theory and practice', ESRC seminar series programme £29,811, 2016-19. Grant reference: ES/N008944/1 (McGuinness Co-Investigator)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Dissemination and engagement workshop for Sesame project, Tewkesbury 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop for the SESAME Project: Finding ways of promoting SME adaptation to flood risk
Invitees: Small businesses in Tewkesbury; Organisational stakeholders within the SESAME project; Government, Environment Agency, Rural Community Councils and other organisations that promote business resilience to risk, university researchers

Aims:
• Share the outcomes from our research on small businesses and flood risk
• Review resources developed through SESAME's research and development that are free and available for use
• Work together with participants to scope areas for further research into how businesses can become more resilient to changing flood risk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Dissemination and engagement workshop, Sheffield 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop for the SESAME Project: Finding ways of promoting SME adaptation to flood risk
Invitees: Small businesses; Organisational stakeholders within the SESAME project; Government, Environment Agency and other organisations that promote business resilience to risk, university researchers

Aims:
• Share the outcomes from our research on small businesses and flood risk
• Review resources developed through SESAME's research and development that are free and available for use
• Work together with participants to scope areas for further research into how businesses can become more resilient to changing flood risk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Dissemination workshop for SESAME Project - Finding ways of promoting SME adaptation to flood risk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop show cased and promoted outputs from the EPSRC SESAME project - contingency planning and a prototype e-learning tool (www.floodresilientbusiness.co.uk). The audience was diverse and included DEFRA representation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description EPSRC-LWEC Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact G. Coates was asked to attend a workshop at on agent-based modelling and simulation (Newcastle University / Nottingham University).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description ESRC seminar: Civil Society's agency and extreme weather events: dichotomies in theory and practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 'Civil Society's agency and extreme weather events: dichotomies in theory and practice' was the first in an ESRC seminar series focussed primarily upon an academic audience. I participated as a speaker. the event was hosted by the University of West of England.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ESRC seminar: The role of Civil Society's agency in governance and contingency planning: citizenship, participation and social learning 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This ESRC seminar took place in Sheffield on 1 December 2017. It was the second in the CASCADE-NET series and brought together speakers and participants from academe, policy and practice. It was hosted by the University of Sheffield.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Independent Newspaper article resulting from my research into resilience to flooding 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Newspaper articles in a national newspaper: the Independent

None I'm aware of
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/when-manicured-riverside-suburbs-turn-into-a-dystopia-91...
 
Description Interview on flood risk with BBC Radio Wiltshire, 13 June 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact No results, rather it was a radio interview.

Again, no notable impacts, it was a radio interview.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Invited Defra workshop participation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Regional workshop (Environment Agency Offices, Leeds) for development of Defra's 25 Year Environmental Plan
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited research talk at University of Grenoble, France (September 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Approximately 20 academics/researchers attended this invited research talk to MAGMA Group, University of Grenoble in France on 06/09/16.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.liglab.fr/fr/evenements/seminaires/graham-coates-2-uk-research-council-funded-projects-i...
 
Description Invited research talk at the World Water Congress XV (Special session: Flood risk management) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was an invited research talk at the World Water Congress XV (Special session: Flood risk management) in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Invited webinar on 12 May 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact No results, as such, rather this was an invited webinar to UK Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network, 'SME resilience to flooding - a resource-based perspective'.

Currently, there are no recorded notable impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Invited webinar on 20 May 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Invited webinar to UK Environment Agency staff on SMEs and Flooding, 'Flood resilience for SMEs: barriers to adaptation'.

No notable impacts as yet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description LBC Radio - February 10th, 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Not known.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Live studio interview on Channel 5 News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I appeared alongside the PR director from the Association of British Insurers on a c. 5-minute live studio interview on Channel 5 News. The piece covered the floods in N England. In particular, the discussion covered insurance and impacts on businesses and households.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description McEwen, L, and Harries, T. 'Knowledges for resilience': barriers and motivators to flood risk adaptation for small business owners in the UK. Seventh International Conference on Flood Management 2017 5th September 2017 Leeds, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The activity was a 30 minute conference presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description McEwen, L. J., Harries, T. and Wragg, A. 'SESAME e-learning Tool: Promoting Flood Resilience Within UK Small Businesses. Flood Expo 2017 28th September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of this presentation was to share outcomes from the research with flood risk management professionals from different sectors. The event generated discussion plus follow up queries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting, remotely attended 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I participated in a teleconference on insurance implications of catchment science, on 4 September 2018, organised as part of the iCASP Integrated catchment solutions research translation programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at European Geophysical Union 2015, Vienna, April 2015. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The purpose to share our research on adaptive learning of small businesses to flood risk with European academics and some practitioners. The authorship of the paper was: Wragg, A., McEwen, L. J. and Harries, T. and the title was: Increasing business resilience to flood risk: Developing an effective e-learning tool to bridge the knowledge gap between policy, practice and business owners. This regenerated follow up interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation to Basepoint, Tewkesbury - entitled Small business adaptation to flood risk: learning from the SESAME* project (15th March 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The activity was designed to share outputs from the SESAME project and secure feedback on the Contingency Planning Guidance and the e-learning tool (floodresilientbusiness.co.uk). The event was a mix of presentation and discussion to try and engage businesses about flood resilient behaviours,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Radio 5 Live, Victoria Derbyshire, - February 14th, 2014. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Not known.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Radio interviews 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interviews on BBC Radio 5-Live, BBC Radio Cornwall and the BBC Radio West Midlands Morning Drive Time show

Not known
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Session on community resilience to flooding, FCERM Network Annual Assembly, Newcastle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited contribution to parallel session on community - report on the work and findings of the Sesame project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Sky News, February 11th and 16th, 2014. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Not known.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Social Science of Water Network Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Approximately 30 people attended this event in April 2018 to discuss state of the art in water related research in the UK and build capacity in this research area. I helped to organise the event and presented on work from my water related research projects. Attendees included academics, policy makers and PGR students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Stakeholder Competency Group for the SESAME project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This group (SCG) comprised representatives of organisations that support resilience building in small businesses. The SCG worked in partnership with the members of the project's work package on small business adaptation to flood risk for increased resilience over 18 months - through face to face meetings and virtual exchange. The focus of discussions has been the co-design of a prototype e-learning tool for small businesses. The objective of the group meetings was mutual knowledge exchange. One meeting was collaborative with our Business Partnership Group (another entry in Research Fish) with the aim to increase inter-professional exchanges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Tewkesbury Flood Resilience Management Group, 28th September 2015 on 'Project SESAME: Finding ways of promoting small business adaptation to flood risk' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion about the research outputs to Tewkesbury Flood Resilience Management Group, 28th September 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Two live interviews on Sky News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In late 2015, I was twice interviewed on Sky News, each time for about ten minutes. One was a live down-the-line interview, the second a live studio interview. These covered the impacts of the floods, the connection with climate change, the need for resilience building and the emotional reasons why people don't become more resilient.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Understanding and promoting adaptation to flood risk (knowledge exchange event) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The talk led to further links with the SESAME research project in terms of interest from businesses, local councillors and public government and non government organisations.

The most important impact of this activity was informing people within the south west region of our research and creating important links with attendees and organisers of the knowledge exchange event. It resulted in someone from Climate South West joining the project's Stakeholder Competency Group and also has led to my involvement in other events for businesses living with flood risk, e.g. Amanda Wragg (RA) recently attended an event for businesses and knowledge exchange in Bournemouth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description University of Leeds Alumni Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Leeds is published twice a year by the University of Leeds. It is received by more than 210,000 graduates, members and friends of the University across the world.

Not applicable.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.alumni.leeds.ac.uk/document.doc?id=168
 
Description Workshop (Indonesia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Johnson, N. (2015) 'SME adaptive capacity to flooding: Findings from the UK', presentation to 'Development of Disaster Resilient Coastal Communities to Enhance Economic and Social Welfare Workshop', 28 October-1 November 2015, Bandung, Indonesia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Workshop (Miami) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact McGuinness, M. (2015) 'Flooding in the UK' invited presentation to 'UK-US Social Responses to Emergencies Workshop', 5-6 February 2015, Miami, Florida. Funded by the US Science and Innovation Network and Research Councils UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Workshop on agent-based modelling and simulation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact G. Coates' talk was aimed at informing other researchers aiming to use agent-based modelling and simulation within flood risk management projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Yorkshire Evening Post - January 10th, 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Not known.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description invited attendance at ARCC organised event of All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited attendee, All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group, 2017: 'What's next in the fight against Climate Change?' Palace of Westminister, 7 February 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description xxxxx 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact xxxx
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019