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Exploring the network of actors contributing to mitigating flood risk in Lomma, Sweden

Becker, Per LU (2017) 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association ESA
Abstract
Urban flood risk is a big and growing concern in Sweden. Although much focus is placed on rainfall, hydrology, and engineering conceptualizations of both consequences and solutions, social research contributes to explaining and understanding risk and how actors perceive, construct, and manage it together. This paper applies social network analysis to investigate the network of actors in Höje river catchment area contributing to mitigating urban flood risk in the town of Lomma in southern Sweden. By analysing representations of the social network of individual respondents based on different types of professional dependencies, as well as trust, influence and friendship, a number of interesting structural and relational aspects emerge.... (More)
Urban flood risk is a big and growing concern in Sweden. Although much focus is placed on rainfall, hydrology, and engineering conceptualizations of both consequences and solutions, social research contributes to explaining and understanding risk and how actors perceive, construct, and manage it together. This paper applies social network analysis to investigate the network of actors in Höje river catchment area contributing to mitigating urban flood risk in the town of Lomma in southern Sweden. By analysing representations of the social network of individual respondents based on different types of professional dependencies, as well as trust, influence and friendship, a number of interesting structural and relational aspects emerge. Aspects that may have direct implications on how flood risk is managed, now and for the future. This structural analysis is complemented with a more reputational analysis of who the individual respondents consider having most influence over flood risk in Lomma in general, regardless of direct dependencies to these actors or not. The study is finalized during the spring of 2017, but early findings indicate a significant enviro-organizational rift; a systemic discrepancy between the hydrological system of the river’s catchment area causing floods under certain circumstances and how society is organised to address this challenge. (Less)
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  author       = {Becker, Per},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Athens, Greece},
  title        = {Exploring the network of actors contributing to mitigating flood risk in Lomma, Sweden},
  year         = {2017},
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