Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future
University of Nottingham

Events, news and blog

July 2020

Congratulations to Malcolm Morgan and Richard Fenner for winning the Robert Alfred Carr Prize (ICE Pubilshing Awards 2020) for their paper Spatial evaluation of the multiple benefits of sustainable drainage systems.

February 2020

Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue of Philosophical Transactions A entitled Urban Flood Resilience compiled and edited by Richard Fenner.

Articles can be accessed at

Download the flyer (PDF).


December 2019

Tudor Vilcan led a CIRIA webinar on 28th November entitled 'Collaboration to become more water resilience in Ebbsfleet'. The presentations and recordings are now available for viewing.

Emily O'Donnell led a CIRIA webinar on 17th December entitled 'Collaboration to become more water resilient in Newcastle'. The presenations and recordings are now available for viewing. 

March 2019

Emily O'Donnell and colleagues at the University of Nottingham (UK and Ningbo China), Royal HaskoningDHV Amsterdam, and Reed College Portland Oregon USA have been awarded funding for a new  research project 'Developing  new Blue-Green futures: multifunctional infrastructure to address water challenges'. The project is a UK-USA-China-Netherlands collaboration, led by Simon Gosling at the University of Nottingham. The project is part of the British Academy’s Tackling the UK's International Challenges programme under the Urban Futures research theme.

Read more in their blog ' Developing new Blue-Green Futures'.

March 2019

A report detailing key research outputs (to date) is now available for download (PDF 4.2 MB). More detail can be found on the research pages. 

Key Project Outputs first page

March 2019

On 7th March 2019 we held an event in Newcastle showcasing progress with implementation of Blue-Green infrastructure in Newcastle and the wider NE. The achievements of the signatories of the 2016  Newcastle Declaration on Blue and Green Infrastructure  were celebrated and new organisations committed to the Declaration. The Urban Flood Resilience team presented key research outputs to date (detailed in the  Key Project Outputs report) and the 2019 Declaration was launched. 


December 2018

Nigel Wright (Nottingham Trent University) has been awarded a Royal Society Advanced Newton Fellowship to work with Prof Qiuhong Tang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research.

November 2018

Dick Fenner and Leon Kapetas (Cambridge University) received a delegation of Planners and Engineers from the “China Academy for Urban Planning and Design” on 2nd November. This was a joint visit to Imperial College (Prof. Cedo Maksimovic) and Cambridge University to exchange knowledge on Blue-Green Cities and Sponge Cities approaches.

They also visited the North-West Cambridge Development which has the largest rainwater harvesting scheme in the UK. Runoff is collected from roofs and surfaces, then conveyed via swales to a pond which serves as an amenity and flood attenuation feature. This water is then treated and pumped to the houses for non-potable use.

A swale at the North West Cambridge Development


Pond at North West Cambridge Development Site

September 2018

David Butler and Sangaralingam Ahilan will present their research at the 11th International Conference on Urban Drainage Modelling (UDM2018), 23-26th September 2018, Palermo, Italy.

  • David will give a keynote on 'From Rainwater Harvesting to Rainwater Management Systems'
  • Ahilan will give a presentation on 'The influence of household rainwater harvesting system design on water supply and stormwater management efficiency' based on research with colleagues at the University of Exeter

Read more about their research in WP2.

August 2018

Vladimir Krivtsov will present his research on the potential for retrofitting SuDS at the Houston Industrial Estate at the  SUDSnet International Conference 2018  (30-31st August 2018, Coventry). Read more about his work in WP1 .  

Dick Fenner and Leon Kapetas will run a workshop with Sutton Council and the South East Rivers Trust on 7th August 2018 to identify adaptation pathways to address the impacts of the expected urban growth.They will also discuss SuDS opportunities that deliver multiple benefits to the local area, and the ' SuDS in Sutton's Schools ' programme. 


Photo credit. L. Kapetas 2018.

July 2018

Tudor Vilcan will give a talk on Achieving Urban Flood Resilience by removing the barriers to SuDS adoption and promoting collaborative practice at the RTPI Yorkshire Conference on 12th July. Read more about his work in WP5 . 

June 2018

Download the Urban Flood Resilience Mid-Project Progress Report (PDF 4.7 MB)

Mid-project progress report 2

April 2018

Leon Kapetas will present at the Twenty65 conference on Identifying effective Grey / Blue Green drainage solutions through an adaptation pathways approach. The conference takes place in Manchester, 17-18th April 2018. Read more about Leon's work in WP1 . 

November 2017

Green Resilience Strategies and ACT release a summary report entitled Taking Action on Green Resilience: Climate Chage Adaptation and Mitigation Synergies, which captures workshop content and conclusions from the Livable Cities Forum in Victoria, BC, Canada

Shaun Maskrey will present on Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future on Fri 10 Novemver at the Institute of Civil Engineers, London, UK

September 2017

Members of the Urban Flood Resilience team will be at the International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM7), 5-7th Sept 2017, Leeds, UK:

1) Dick Fenner will be presenting on 'overcoming barriers to blue-green infrastructure through multiple benefit evaluation'. (Weds 6th Sept)

2) Sangaralingam Ahilan will be presenting on 'assessment of long-term performance of blue-green infrastructure in urban catchments' (Weds 6th Sept)

3) Scott Arthur will be presenting in the Urban Flood Risk Management session (Thurs 7th Sept)

Dick Fenner and Leon Kapetas will be presenting at the 14th IWA/IAHR International Conference on Urban Drainage, 10-15th September 2017, Prague, Czech Republic.  Their talk is explores 'institutional perspectives on impacts and benefits of an urban flodo management project, Portland, OR'.

March 2017

Download the updated Urban Flood Resilience Inception Report (PDF 10 MB)

January 2017

The Urban Flood Resilience team have published their  Inception Report  - download and read about our exciting research (PDF 10 MB)

December 2016

Prof Colin Thorne will chair a special session on 'Achieving Urban Resilience - the Blue-Green Advantage' at the Seventh International Conference on Flood Management ( ICFM7 ), 5-7th Sept 2017, Leeds, UK.

December 2016

Dr Emily O'Donnell will give a presentation at the CIWEM event ' Beyond the National Flood Resilience Review: Building resilient infrastructure and communities '. 7th December 2016, London.  

Download Emily's presentation  Achieving urban flood resilience through Blue-Green Cities  (PPT 21 MB).

November 2016

Professor Colin Thorne will be a panellist at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) event ' Achieving sustainable flood-risk management in the UK ', hosted by the RGS (with IBG), 8th November 2016, London.  

  • Listen to  Colin's interview on the future of flood risk management in the UK
  • Download Colin's presentation -  Managing Urban Flood Risk  (PPT 11 MB)

October 2016

Professor Nigel Wright Inaugural : Flood Risk Management as a Public Good? A Journey across Disciplines and Cultures. Queens Building, De Montfort University, Leicester, 12th October 2016.

October 2016

The new 3-year multi-disciplinary Urban Flood Resilience Project begins, involving academics from the Universities of Nottingham, Exeter, Leeds, and Cambridge, and Heriot-Watt University, De Montfort University, The Open University and the University of the West of England (UWE).

The project aims to enable the coordinated planning, design and operation of closely coupled urban water systems necessary to achieve transformative change in urban flood risk and water management.

Urban Flood Resilience Blog

The Urban Flood Resilience team have published 31 blogs to date, which can be found on our blog site.

Here are some of the more recent entries.


Urban Flood Resilience Research Project

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