Research by the University of Hull has delivered impact on and through UK national flood management policy, and has extended the global reach of this impact through Living with Water Partnership and the development of the City Water Resilience Approach.
The research has shaped UK flood preparedness and resilience through its heavy impact on the influential Pitt Review and subsequent acts of parliament adopted into the Environment Agency’s 2011 and 2020 Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategies for England.
The Flood and Water Management Act (2010), which was driven by the outcomes of the Pitt Review, gave the Environment Agency overall responsibility for all flooding (including surface water flooding) which has significantly improved the approach to flood risk management at the national scale.
The impact from the research is also now being translated into international flood and resilience strategies through the development of the City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA), as part of Arup, Resilience Shift, the OECD and the Rockefeller Foundation’s global Resilient Cities programme. This has been developed over the recent past and is now being shared with city administrations globally. The water governance partnership and network and the associated knowledge generated through the underpinning research is now being translated into shaping international flood and resilience strategies through incorporation into the development of the CWRA. The underpinning research was vital in Kingston-Upon-Hull being selected as a founding city within the programme.