Morrison, A., Westbrook, C., & Noble, B. (2018). A review of the flood risk management governance and resilience literature.
Morrison, A., C. Westbrook, and B. Noble. “A Review of the Flood Risk Management Governance and Resilience Literature” (2018).
Morrison, A., et al. A Review of the Flood Risk Management Governance and Resilience Literature. 2018.
The environmental management literature suggests that resilience is key to managing complex systems and reducing vulnerability resulting from uncertainty and unexpected change. Yet, flood risk management (FRM) has emerged largely from a culture of resistance. This paper takes the pulse of the current state of FRM research, with a focus on how the scholarly community has approached governance for flood resilience. Our analysis of the FRM journal literature identified 258 articles addressing governance and flooding, resilience and adaptation. Five main research themes emerged from these articles, addressing a variety of issues, but mostly lacking the degree of integration needed to address the social‐ecological complexity of FRM. Overall, research supporting the governance of FRM for resilience lacks integration, and methods of mitigating this lack of integration are poorly studied. We conclude with a discussion about the nature and scope of FRM research for resilience, and identify opportunities for more integrative FRM research that is more tightly coupled with policy and practice.