Research methodology

Two starting assumptions

Our programme departs from two starting assumptions:

  • Resilience – It is expected that urban agglomerations, urban regions and regions vulnerable to flooding will be more resilient if multiple Flood Risk Strategies are implemented simultaneously and are aligned.
  • Appropriateness – Flood Risk Strategies and their coordination should be appropriate (efficient, legitimate and effective) given the characteristics of their physical and social context.

Integrating public administration and legal expertise through the Policy Arrangements Approach

STAR-FLOOD combines and integrates public administration and legal expertise. The Policy Arrangements Approach (PAA), developed in the context of water management and nature conservation is used as a theoretical backbone.

Actors Discoursses Rules Resources
Public actors
Private actors
Interaction patterns
Scientific paradigms
General policy objectives
Programmes & concepts
Historical metaphors
Legal authority
Financial resources
Political influence

Six countries with different background conditions for Flood Risk Governance

Design principles for Flood Risk Governance will be derived after analysing, explaining and evaluating current arrangements in six European countries. The countries vary in their attempts to broaden Flood Risk Strategies; the significance of flooding as well as their administrative structure and culture.