Hydro-Social Deltas

Policy impact

The lack of knowledge about the interactions between social and hydrological processes influencing flood risk limits the ability of the government, citizens, and industry to plan appropriate disaster risk prevention and response measures and estimate future flood risk. Our approach includes a capacity-building strategy to enhance the uptake of research results into policy and practice at the local level. The project will involve policy makers in the research projects and on the advisory board, create an urban platform/coalition with existing urban poverty and climate change projects, develop policy-oriented outputs to communicate research results, and strengthen the science/policy interface in Bangladesh through alliances with strong local partners to have informal access to key policy makers.

A trans-disciplinary research approach will work at the interface between social science and hydrological science to question key assumptions regarding the one-way processes of environmental and climate migration now guiding urban disaster risk reduction and delta policies and dominating the media. The research will also work at the policy/research interface to inform policy discourse and raise awareness of policy makers and planners in regards to the linkages between demographic and hydrological flows, and the impacts of this relationship on existing plans and policies.


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