5 November 2018

Utrecht University participates in Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference

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Professor Marleen van Rijswick will be speaking at the Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference in Sweden. She will lead a workshop on Flood Risk Governance at Luleå University of Technology.

In a time when the world faces an increasing number of global challenges – at the same time as scientific facts are questioned – environmental social science is more important than ever. The 14th Nordic Environmental Social Science (NESS) Conference is hosted by the Division of Social Sciences at Luleå University of Technology 10-12 June 2019. 

NESS 2019 focuses on new directions in Nordic environmental social science research and particularly emphasise the importance of social science for managing current challenges on the international and national as well as the local governance agenda. 

Workshop on Flood Risk Governance

One of the workshops, Flood Risk Governance – from theory to practice, will be led by Utrecht University professor Marleen van Rijswick, together with Maria Petterson and Susana Goytia. Flood risk can be defined as the probability that a flood of a certain scale and with certain impact will occur. A number of factors contribute to the generation of flood risk, including climatic, economic and social conditions, land use and the use of technology. These aspects – and their changeable nature – need to be considered in the governance of flood risk. The emerging flood risk governance literature therefore strives to identify new forms of governance (e.g., multi-level, participative, adaptive), explain how shifts in governance occur (e.g., path dependence, shock events), and/or evaluate governance outcomes (e.g., resilience, efficiency, legitimacy).

Marleen van Rijswick, professor of European and Dutch Water Law at Utrecht University, and her colleagues welcome papers dealing with flood risk governance in relation to change and uncertainty. Preferably providing insights on how governance can be translated into practice through legal, policy and planning instruments.

Call for papers

The Call for Papers for this Conference is open untill 31st of January 2019. You can submit them on the website of the conference, at Luleå University.