ESRC Festival Event: Streaming - Getting the social in flood policy
ESRC Festival Event: Streaming - Getting the social in flood policy

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ESRC Festival of Social Science Event 'Streaming: Getting the social in flood policy', jointly hosted by the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy & The Priestley International Centre for Climate

Flood risk management is again high on the national political agenda with the July release of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 and the September release of the National Flood Resilience Review. Bringing these risks closer to home,  affected communities in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria are still recovering from the devastating 2015/16 winter floods. Many in these communities are interested in being better prepared and protected in the future.

Streaming is a public event that will bring together civic, business, environmental and policy interests for an evening to learn about flood risk, to hear about social science flood risk management research and to listen to stories from the flood affected. The event has been planned around participatory activities that will create a two-way exchange with the audience. Researchers from the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) and the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) of the University of Leeds will facilitate “live” learning through instant polling.

Streaming will also provide an opportunity for a panel to contribute their reflections on the winter 2015/16 flooding and their perspective on how we can be more resilient to and better prepared for future floods. The panellists are:

  • Dr. Rosalind Bark, European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Fellow & Associate of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)

  • Jonathan Moxon, Flood Risk Manager, Leeds City Council (formerly at the Environment Agency) 

  • Stephen Curry, Chair, Upper Calder Valley Renaissance (UCVR) Business Flood Recovery Team 

  • Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council and Executive Member for Environment and Sustainability

The event will be chaired by Professor Jouni Paavola, Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy. 

Following short presentations the discussion will be guided by questions posed to the panel by our audience. Streaming will end with the presentation of the results from the evening’s live polling followed by refreshments in the foyer. 

Our Chair: 

Professor Jouni Paavola, Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)

Professor Jouni Paavola (Chair) is Professor of Environmental Social Science and Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP). His research examines environmental governance institutions and their environmental, economic, and social justice implications. He leads the CCCEP second phase research theme on enabling rapid transitions in mitigation and adaptation.

Our expert panel:

Dr Rosalind Bark, European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Fellow & Associate of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)

Dr Rosalind Bark is a European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Fellow in the Sustainability Research Institute and Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. Her fellowship research comprises six interlinked inquiries to assess opportunities for, and mechanisms to, mainstream natural flood risk management in U.K. catchments. Previously she was a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO, Brisbane, Australia and a PhD Research Assistant and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Arizona, U.S.A.

Her broad research interests focus thematically on water resources management in times of change. This has involved using non-market methods to monetarily value urban green space, instream flows and ecosystem services in water scarce environments, market-based instruments design as part of basin scale water resources management reform and restoration, as well as, using social science methods to better understand local and community values to incorporate in water planning frameworks. She has published 30 peer reviewed papers.

Stephen Curry, Chair, Upper Calder Valley Renaissance (UCVR) Business Flood Recovery Team 

Stephen has owned and run four small and diverse businesses in the last 30 years. He currently lives in Hebden Bridge, where he has a ‘lifestyle’ guesthouse business. Active in his community, he says his, unpaid ‘full-time’ occupation, is chair of community led Upper Calder Valley Renaissance (UCVR).

Following devastating floods of Boxing Day 2015 he established the UCVR Business Flood Recovery Team to ensure that businesses were supported long-term during the recovery process. Within weeks of the flooding Stephen brokered a joint economic impact study between the UCVR, Calderdale Council and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the University of Leeds. The resulting report went to district and national government and presented the full costs of flooding to the Calderdale business community.
From this report it was also possible to establish the areas of economic activity that needed to be addressed for businesses to be best supported during recovery. Stephen’s team established a Business-to-business mentoring scheme and provides support for the valley’s three business networks.

Jonathan Moxon – Upper Aire Catchment Director, Environment Agency

I have 11 years of experience working within Flood and Coastal Risk Management for the Environment Agency. I have managed projects and programmes within the Yorkshire Area that reduce flood risk to people, property and infrastructure, managed our community and partner facing teams helping the public, our partners and businesses to be prepared for flooding and currently have strategic overview of activities in the Upper Aire catchment.

I have experienced a number of flood events over the past decade from localised flash flooding in the Calder Valley to tidal surge events in December 2013, as well as the devastating widespread flooding during 2007 and 2015, working with colleagues across the country as part of our incident response arrangements. I have also pioneered the EAs only field based apprenticeship programme in Environmental Conservation, which is heading into its second year.

Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council and Executive Member for Environment and Sustainability

Lucinda has been the Labour councillor for Kirkstall ward since 2008 and is currently Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council and Executive Member for Environment and Sustainability. 

In 2014, Lucinda led on the hugely successful Leeds Grand Depart of the Tour de France. From May 2010 to May 2013, Lucinda was the Executive Board Member for Adult Social Care. During her time in this role she gained a reputation as a real champion for disability rights, which was underlined by a strong commitment to ensuring Leeds is an accessible city for all.

In 2015, Kirkstall was one of the areas of Leeds that was hit hard by the Boxing Day floods. As a result Lucinda has been, and continues to be, actively involved in many of the voluntary community initiatives and clean-ups around Leeds. As Executive Member for Environment and Sustainability, Lucinda is determined to ensure the green agenda is pursued in Leeds and that there is a real focus on sustainability.

Our researchers:

Dr Martin Dallimer, Lecturer in Environmental Change at the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI), School of Earth and Environment (SEE), University of Leeds

He has worked across both natural and social sciences to understand the links between ecosystem services and land-use change in human-dominated landscapes. Other relevant research has quantified the values that people hold for biodiversity, ecosystem services and the natural world and utilised coupled environmental-economic models and economic valuation tools. Between 2011 & 2013 MD was a Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellow, University of Copenhagen. In addition he has won a number of relevant externally funded grants based in the developing world. For instance he is: (i) Co-I on a FCT-Portugal funded research project on ecosystem service provision across agricultural and forested land; (ii) Co-PI on a GIZ-funded project assessing the benefits of sustainable land management in Kenya which feeds directly into national policy development and (iii) part of an ESRC funded PhD network on the ‘Social Science of Agri-Food System Sustainability’. He has published >40 peer reviewed papers.

Dr Thijs Dekker, Lecturer in Transport Economics at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds.

After completing his PhD in Economics at VU University Amsterdam (2012), which focused on the valuation of flood risk reductions in the Netherlands, Thijs worked as a postdoc researcher at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds, and the Section of Transport and Logistics at the Faculty of Technology Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology. Thijs Dekker is also a member of the Choice Modelling Centre at the University of Leeds. His lectures cover Microeconomics, Environmental and Welfare Economics, but also applied econometrics in the form of Choice Modelling. In his research Thijs Dekker rigorously studies individual choices with a particular in risk and risk perception. To this end, he carefully designs experimental settings and developing tailor-made econometric models.

He has been involved in the development, design and analysis of various stated preference studies including the recent UK Value of Time study commissioned by the Department for Transport. Besides publishing in key transportation journals Thijs Dekker also has a proven track record of publishing in leading journals in the fields of environmental economics such as the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and Environmental and Resource Economics.

Dr Julia Martin-Ortega, Associate Professor in Ecological Economics at the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI), University of Leeds

Julia has an interdisciplinary background in environmental sciences and economics, with an emphasis on environmental valuation and qualitative and participatory approaches. She has 10 years of research experience, focusing on the relationships between society and ecosystem services, with a strong interdisciplinary and impact-relevance emphasis. She specializes in assessing the impacts of changes in ecosystem services on human welfare and how economic principles and tools (such as Payments for Ecosystem Services) can be best applied to conservation and the sustainable management of ecosystems. She has worked in action-research in developing countries in Latin America and Africa, including the analysis of prospects for PES schemes in the Brazilian Pantanal (the world largest wetland), advising the government of the Dominican Republic in its national PES strategy, and other conservation/development work (e.g. community-based natural resource management). She is author of 32 ISI-indexed publications and >46 other peer reviewed publications, including the first global Water Ecosystem Services monograph published by Cambridge University Press.

Dr Paola Sakai, Economist and Associate of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP), University of Leeds 

Paola is an economist with over 5 years of experience in adaptation research in developing and developed countries. She obtained her doctorate degree at the the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds, where she is now a research fellow. She has specially focused on how organisations can build resilience and adapt to the impacts of climate change. 

She recently investigated the economic impacts of flooding on SMEs in the Borough of Calderdale, UK. She is currently investigating if the Flood Re scheme should be extended to UK SMEs and how co-operative climate resilient solutions can be implemented in Latin America cities. Paola has a wide experience in the private and public sector, having previously worked for the Mexican government and for private consulting companies. She has been a teaching fellow at the Faculty of Economics in the National Autonomous University of Mexico since 2004. She is an associate researcher of the ESRC Climate Change Economics and Policy, Priestley International Centre for Climate, Water@Leeds, and the Laboratory of Climate Change and Statistics Modelling".

Directions to the venue: 

The lecture will be held in Conference Auditorium 2 (GM.01), Clarendon Way, University of Leeds. The Eventbrite map does not accurately show the location of the Conference Auditorium which is situated behind 'The Edge' Sports Centre on Willow Terrace Road and is Building 100 on the Campus Map and the Jubilee Building of Leeds General Infirmary. 

You will be able to enter the auditorium at 6.10pm. Please aim to be in your seat by 6.25pm to enable a prompt start at 6.30pm. 

The ESRC Festival of Social Science

The ESRC Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and runs from 5-12 November 2016. It celebrates some of the country’s leading social science research, giving an exciting opportunity to showcase the valuable work of the UK’s social scientists and demonstrate how their work has an impact on all our lives.

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