Kick-off country and case studies

The STAR-FLOOD consortium meeting in October marked an important milestone in the STAR-FLOOD project. The finalisation of Work package 2 “Assessment Framework” paved the way for the start of Work package 3 “Country and case study analysis”. After a thorough, theoretical set up of the assessment framework, which guarantees comparability across countries and case studies, it is now time for empirical research!

In WP2 an assessment framework has been developed, which the young researchers will use to perform the country and case study analyses.  The Flood Risk Governance Arrangements (FRGAs) approach  forms the cornerstone of the assessment framework. This approach is based on the Policy Arrangements Approach, and specifies all dimensions of Flood Risk Governance, being actors, discourses, rules and resources. Within WP2, especially the rules dimension has been strengthened due to the involvement of legal scholars in the STAR-FLOOD consortium.

The main analytical steps of the STAR-FLOOD assessment framework are the following:

• Analysing FRGAs at country and case study level;
• Explaining stability and dynamics. Important factors in explaining stability and change include physical and institutional factors;
• Evaluating FRGAs. Evaluation criteria for FRGAs may include resilience, appropriateness, effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy;
• Formulating recommendations on how to improve FRGAs, including guidelines about their applicability in different contexts.

Finally, recommendations will be formulated. They will follow from the evaluation and cross country comparison. The WP2 deliverables can be found here. Yet, as the discussions in the consortium  are ongoing, the assessment framework can be seen as a living document that will be further developed during the course of WP3. 

The finalisation of WP2 constitutes the kick off for the empirical research in Sweden, the UK, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. The WP3 researchers will start their analysis at the country level and continue in 2014 with three case studies in each country. The cases (cities and rivers) are regional urban agglomerations that are prone to fluvial flooding. The case studies will be performed sequentially from the first half of 2014 until the first half of 2015. The research aims to support the actors in the cases, as well as actors at the national and European level,  to improve their Flood Risk Governance Arrangements.