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Innovation in flood risk management: An ‘Avenues of Innovation’ analysis

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.
Author: Guerriero, Rebecca; Penning-Rowsell, Edmund C.
Language: English
Pubished By: Journal of Flood Risk Management
Pubished date: 2020

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