A current research project by members of the Hydrological Extremes Research Group at the University of Birmingham is aiming to explore changing flood risk, public flood perceptions and responses, alongside changing flood management in locations in the UK and Netherlands. To do this, we would like participants to complete a flood risk perceptions questionnaire survey and mapping exercise (phase 1) and short choice experiment to evaluate their decisions towards flood protections (phase 2).
This is a piece of academic research, and is no way connected to any Local Authorities, Government or Insurance bodies, and all data collected will be treated as anonymous.
Research Project and Team:
This project is funded by DREAM (Data, Risk and Environmental Analytical Methods) through two RCUK funding councils: the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC).
This study has been reviewed by senior lecturers at the University of Birmingham and been given ethical approval by the University of Birmingham Ethics Committee. If you wish to make a complaint or raise a concern about this project, please contact Dr Martin Widmann by email: email@example.com
Researchers working on this project include Lucinda Capewell (Doctoral Research @ University of Birmingham, UK), Jessica Grady (MSc Research @ University of Birmingham, UK), Martijn Linnarz (BSc Research @ TU Delft University of Technology, Netherlands) and Sanne Vaassen (MSc Research @ Wageningen University, Netherlands).
To find out more about the research this study is linked to, please visit the Flood Risk Management project page
Participants in the study and the use of respondent data:
Participants must be over 18 and confirm this in the consent information prior the choice experiment.
Some personal data is required to confirm respondents live in the study or at-risk areas, and to test if there are any demographic factors that support differing perceptions. However, all personal data will be kept confidential, with only the primary researcher having access to this information. No personal information (including addresses) will ever be published, and all responses to the questionnaire survey and choice experiments will be kept anonymous by an ID number system. Research articles will be written for each part of this study, and these can be made available for participants if they wish (indicated at the end of the survey).
This study abides by the UK’s 2018 Data Protection Act (DPA) and General Protection Regulation (GDPR). Participants have 14 days after completing either phase of the project to withdraw their contribution if desired. Please notify LKC756@bham.ac.uk for the removal of any data and this will be destroyed.
On completing the questionnaire survey, respondents will be asked if they would like to receive information on the short choice experiments for the second phase of this project at the end of the survey. If this is declined, participants will not be contacted again.
If you wish to know more about your flood risk or the flood risk in your area, please visit visit the Gov website here: Gov Flood Warning and Information Service
Flood Risk Perception Study:
We are asking residents that live in study areas to complete a questionnaire survey that includes a questionnaire and a practical mapping exercise to gauge current flood risk perceptions. Due to current social distancing rules, the study has been moved from a door-to-door survey to an online version. The questionnaire and mapping should take around 10 minutes to complete. Some personal data is required to confirm respondents live in the study areas and to test if there are any demographic factors that support differing perceptions. However all personal data will all be kept confidential, all responses will be anonymous in any project findings and publications, and no addresses will ever be published. The information provided to this study will also abide by the UK/s 2018 Data Protection Act and General Data Protection Regulation.
In addition to questions relating to demographics of respondents, questions include flood experience, flood knowledge, behaviour toward flooding, the management strategy in place, and shifting management to Flood Risk Management. The sketch mapping is a practical exercise at the end of questionnaire where we ask participants to annotate/draw on a blank map of their area the places they believe to be at risk of flooding. Instructions on how to draw on the map are included with the sketch mapping question and an example for an unrelated area can be found below.
If you have been contacted about completing this study, please use the below links to the correct questionnaire survey for your area. The study should take around 10 minutes to complete and questions with a * are required for submission.
Structural defence in Burton-upon-Trent, UK
Property Level Protection in Bewdley and Warwickshire
Multi-Layered Safety in Dordrecht, Netherlands
Flood bypass channel in Lent, Netherlands
For more information about this study, or if you have any questions not covered on this page, please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page or email Lucinda at LKC756@bham.ac.uk.
If you would prefer a postal version of the survey, we can also post the flood risk perception questionnaire and mapping exercise to you with a stamped envelope that you can use to return the completed questionnaire to us. If this is an option you would like, please let us know using the contact form at the bottom of the page.
Online Choice Experiments:
We ask participants to take part in a short choice experiment, where they choose their preferred option (e.g. A, B, C), or none of the choices, for flood risk management in their community from options on three illustrative choice cards. These choices present different levels of the same characteristic. For instance, different levels of environmental damage or different costs for each choice. Respondents then choose their preferred option.
The flood management characteristics, including standard of protection, homeowner contribution, environmental implications, management strategy focus, flood risk frequency, and awareness of risk. The first choice card is an example and is included below. All together, the choice experiment should take around 5 minutes to complete.
Some personal data is required to confirm if the respondents live in flood risk areas, as well as questions about known flood risk, flood experience, and most important or least important management characteristics. However all personal data will all be kept confidential, all responses will be anonymous in any project findings and publications, and no addresses will ever be published. The information provided to this study will also abide by the UK/s 2018 Data Protection Act and General Data Protection Regulation.
Further contact information:
If you would like any more information about anything to do with this project, have further queries or would like to participate in any other way, please contact Lucinda at LKC756@bham.ac.uk.
Additionally, you can fill in the contact form below and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.