Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future
University of Nottingham


The project performed as an integrated and sequenced set of five work packages set within the contexts of key themes and key pressures.

Case studies were central to this research, with practitioner and communitiy engagement throughout the project providing an ideal pathway for dissemination of co-produced knowledge, data, analyses and methods. These case studies formed work package five, which was aligned with research in other work packages, and with end-user needs elicited from practitioner feedback at regular stakeholder meetings.

The research team was supported by a Strategic Advisory Board, who provided independent advice to the research team on the quality of the science undertaken, and the fulfilment of objectives as set out in the inception report (PDF).

Key Themes

  • Holistic urban flood risk management
  • Integrated treatment trains
  • Inter-operability
  • Multi-functional design
  • Sustainable service delivery
  • Adaptive capacity
  • Partnership working

Key Pressures

  • Climate change impacts
  • Demographic changes
  • New build development
  • Retrofit solutions
  • Urban renewal and gentrification
  • Community behaviour.

Research Structure



Links to individual work packages

WP1 Resilience

A photograph of a green wall in Paris, France

WP2 Resource

A photograph of a Nottingham rain garden 

WP3 Interoperability

A photograph of a green tram tracks in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

WP4 Interactions

A photograph of a Halifax, Nova Scotia, street trees (Canada)

WP5 Practice

A photograph of a SuDS pond in Newcastle, UK


Urban Flood Resilience Research Project

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

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