20th March 2017


This seminar series aims to:

  • Critically examine the changing role of Civil Society in the Extreme Weather Adaptation Cycle (see introduction for definitions). Successive seminars will navigate and negotiate the implications of dichotomies and continua for theory and practice (tensions? rapprochement?) in how Civil Society prepares for, and recovers from, both events and extreme weather risk;
  • Better understand the concept of participatory citizenship in the context of Civil Society subsuming central government roles in managing extreme weather events, ultimately improving the functioning of Civil Society in this risk management context;
  • Work with diverse groups to identify challenges and opportunities which might be arising from extreme weather risk. Opportunities might be commercial and whether there are actually democratic benefits for community building;

    Discussing civil society and extreme weather during CASCADE-NET Seminar 1. UWE, UK, October 2017

  • Integrate learning (conceptual, methodological, outcomes, impacts) from past and on-going but separate international and UK research projects on Civil Society and extreme weather (e.g. US National Science Foundation Hurricane Sandy, Disaster Recovery and the Seeds of Urban Transformation; Bushfire CRC – Understanding Communities Project ; AHRC/DECC Aspect project ; Scottish Government Coastal flood risk, flood warning and flood insurance; ESRC Sustainable Flood Memories; AHRC Towards Hydrocitizenship; NERC DRY(Drought Risk and You); AHRC/DECC Aspect project; EPSRC Sesame Project; ESRC Knowledge Accelerator Flood App project);
  • Develop new social spaces for exploring interactions between stakeholders from Civil Society, policy makers, risk management agencies, academics, and less-heard voices;
  • Co-produce new insights about how conceptual framing and mutual understanding of innovations for social learning can inform risk practice and governance.