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Muddying the Waters: The convergence of natural flood management and neoliberal governance in the UK

27/02/2020 at 12:15 - 13:15

Dr Steven Emery is lecturer in environment and society based in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on environmental and rural governance with particular interest in the intersection of culture, power and landscape.

Abstract: The winter floods of 2013/14 in Southern and Central England were among the worst in recent history and notable for their particular impact on rural communities. Through an environmental justice lens the paper reports findings from research into flood management and community experience of flooding in four English case study areas. Steven argues that the floods represent the first major incidence of flooding following the (non-coincidental) coalescence of the seemingly benign practice of ‘Natural Flood Management’ on the one hand and neoliberal flood governance on the other. Through an analysis of the ambiguous and contested rhetorics of naturalness, resilience and responsibility I argue that such terms are often mobilised to justify and condone a set of fundamentally unjust practices and outcomes.

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