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). We would also like a few participants to also take part in a 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.

Flood Risk Perception Study – Questionnaire and Sketch Mapping:

We are asking residents that live in study areas and are over the age of 18 to complete a questionnaire survey and a practical mapping exercise to gauge their 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. 

Click here for the Natural Flood Management in Hereford/Wye catchment survey

Click here for the Flood Alleviation schemes in Selly Park, Birmingham survey

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 contact form at the bottom of this page or email the principal researcher Lucinda by email: 

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:

There will be more information available on these soon. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Lucinda by email: or use the contact form at the bottom of the page


More information:

To find out more about the research this study is linked to, please visit the Flood Risk Management project page

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).

Respondents will be asked if they would be interested in receiving more 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 participants are interested, they will be sent information about these choice experiments later in the year and asked if they would be willing to participate.

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)

Participants are free to withdraw there contribution from the study up to 14 days after submission and this data will be deleted entirely.

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:

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

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