Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future
University of Nottingham
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 Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future

Enabling the co-ordinated planning, design and operation of closely coupled urban water systems necessary to achieve transformative change in urban flood risk and water management.


- Project aim


Project Overview

The research team will investigate how planning, design, operation and organisation of both existing and new urban water systems might be envisaged and transformed in order to deliver multiple benefits (including flood resilience) under flood, normal and drought conditions.

The research is divided into five work packages (WP) to deliver three key elements of the research:

  • Engineering design to enhance service delivery 
  • Engineering development for resource use across the drought-flood spectrum 
  • Urban flood risk management at the heart of urban planning at multiple scales

Recent Publications 

Pitidis V, Tapete D, Coaffee J, Kapetas L  and Porto de Albuquerque J. Understanding the Implementation Challenges of Urban Resilience Policies: Investigating the Influence of Urban Geological Risk in Thessaloniki, Greece. Sustainability, 2018. 10(10), 3573. DOI: 10.3390/su10103573.

Ahilan S, Melville-Shreeve P, Kapelan Z and Butler D. The influence of household rainwater harvesting system design on water supply and stormwater management efficiencyIn: New Trends in Urban Drainage Modelling (Ed. G Mannina), pg 369-374, Springer, ISBN 33199986762018, 2018. 

Everett G and Lamond J. Considering the value fo community engagement for (co-) producing Blue-Green infrastructure. Urban Water Systems & Floods II. WIT Transactions on The Built Environment, vol. 184, 2018. WIT Press. Pg 1-14. 

O'Donnell E, Lamond J and Thorne C. Learning and Action Alliance framework to facilitate stakeholder collaboration and social learning in urban flood risk management.  Environmental Science and Policy, 2018. 80, 1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.10.013.

Research Themes

WP1 Resilience: investigating how blue-green and grey approaches can be optimally combined under different future scenarios

WP2: Resource: exploring how stormwater can be used in both individual buildings and in the urban environment.

WP3: Interoperability: investigating how flood risk resilience measures affect mutiple urban infrastructure systems

WP4: Interactions: exploring citizens' interactions with blue-green and grey infrastructure 

WP5: Practice: testing and applying our research two case study cities: Newcastle (retrofit) and Ebbsfleet (new build)


Meet the Team

Urban Flood Resilience is a multi-disciplinary research project led by  Colin Thorne and  Emily O'Donnell at the University of Nottingham

Meet the Urban Flood Resilience team.

Case Study research

We will focus research on two case studies (see  WP5):

  1. Newcastle (UK): to investigate how urban flood resilience can be achieved through retro-fit, in the context of urban renewal
  2. Ebbsfleet (UK) to investigate how urban flood resilience can be achieved in the context of new build in a ‘garden city’ 

New to download

Mid-Project Progress Report 

Published June 2018

Mid-project progress report

(PDF 4.7 MB)

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Urban Flood Resilience Research Project

Sir Clive Granger Building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 846 8137