Understanding environmental knowledge controversies

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Award: RES-227-25-0018
Policy and Practice Note
Policy and Practice Note 2
Project website
PI: Sarah Whatmore, School of Geography and the Environment, Univesity of Oxford
Dates: 01/03/2007 - 29/06/2010
 
Scientists, and those who use their work, have to think again about how science should inform democratic decision-making and the role of public engagement in this process. Taking the example of flood risk management, how and why the scientific practice of hydrological modelling becomes subject to scientific dispute and public controversy, and with what consequences for public policy, is examined. With hydrological models now capable of connecting local flood events to land management practices at catchment scale, the project develops 'competency groups' as a new method for bringing the knowledge of local people with experience of flooding to bear on the modelling of flood risk.

Data created

Flood model scripts
Proprietary model scripts with example third party hydrological and sediment data.

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Data type: Model
Data format: MS Word
Sample size: 2 scripts
Country: United Kingdom
Status: Data released
Interviews with flood modellers and stakeholders
In-depth interviews with academic and commercial flood modellers and stakeholders.

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Data type: Qualitative
Data format: MS Word
Sample size: 26 individuals
Country: United Kingdom
Status: Data released

Publications and outputs

Conference paper (15)
Trying things out - an experimental intervention in the science and politics of flood risk
Sarah Whatmore
27/11/2008

Knowledge multiple - from science of society to science in society
Sarah Whatmore
27/11/2008

Environmental knowledge controversies - science, democracy and the redistribution of expertise
Sarah Whatmore
27/11/2008

Environmental competency groups - trying things out
Sarah Whatmore
27/11/2008

Affective materials - thinkng through flooding
Sarah Whatmore
27/11/2008

Between earth and life - geography as an interdiscipline
Sarah Whatmore
27/11/2008

Understanding environmental knowledge controversies
Sarah Whatmore
27/11/2008

Keynote speech
Stuart Lane
28/11/2008

Trying things out - an experimental intervention in the science and politics of flood risk
Catharina Landstrom
27/11/2008

Virtual engineering - the political technologies of flood risk modelling
Catharine Landstrom
27/11/2008

Beyond mess - ethnography of science and engineering in the age of computer modelling
Catharina Landstrom
27/11/2008

Understanding knowledge controversies
Stuart Lane; Nick Odoni
27/11/2008

Environmental knowledge controversies - science, democracy and the redistribution of expertise
Sarah Whatmore
27/11/2008

Testimonies of engament - life history methods in participatory environmental research
Ward Neil; Bradley Sue
27/11/2008

Manning"s n - a fact packaged for travel?
Sarah Whatmore; Catharina Landstrom
04/12/2008

Report (3)
Full research report
Sarah Whatmore
12/11/2010

Demonstrating the benefits of public engagement for researchers
Sarah Whatmore
01/11/2010

Making space for people : involving local knowledge in flood risk research and management in Ryedale, Yorkshire
Sarah Whatmore; Stuart Lane; Neil Ward
29/09/2010

Article (4)
Mapping knowledge controversies : science, democracy and redistribution of expertise
Sarah Whatmore
03/02/2010

Democratising science
Sarah Whatmore; Catharina Landstrom; Sue Bradley
27/11/2008

Knowledge-theoretic models in hydrology
Stuart Lane; Nick Odoni
28/09/2010

Mess among disciplines : interdisciplinarity in environmental research
Andrew Donaldson; Sue Bradley; Neil Ward
28/09/2010

Book chapter (2)
Manning’s n : a fact packaged for travel?
Sarah Whatmore; P. Howlett; M. Morgan; Catharina Landstrom
20/10/2010

Manning’s n - putting roughness to work
Sarah Whatmore; M. Morgan; P. Howlett; C. Landstrom
20/10/2010

Research summary (2)
Non-technical summary

12/11/2010

Non-technical summary
Sarah Whatmore; S. Lane; N. Ward
12/11/2010

(1)
Understanding environmental knowledge controversies : the case for flood risk management, 2007-2010
S. Whatmore
07/02/2011

Other output (1)
Understanding environmental knowledge controversies
Sarah Whatmore
28/09/2010