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Karin A. W. Snel

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169 pages

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The involvement of residents is becoming a key aspect of flood risk governance processes. Residents of flood risk areas are increasingly expected to take adaptive actions in order to minimise the impact of flood events. This emphasis on residents' adaptive actions is relatively new and raises questions as to how residents can be motivated to do so.

This PhD thesis addresses residents' perspectives on these changes in general and specifically on the division of responsibilities and the way flood risk is communicated. These resident perspectives are not easily determined and not at all homogeneous. Moreover, the involvement of residents in flood risk governance also comes with many varying contextual aspects that influence resident's perspectives. Yet, through acquiring insight into residents' perspectives, the gaps in existing approaches to increasing their involvement have become clearer. In other words, when residents' perspectives are taken into account, miscommunication can likely be prevented.

This thesis addresses the complexity of increasing residents' involvement in flood risk governance and reduces that complexity by conveying a greater understanding of residents' perspectives.

About the author

Karin Andrea Wilhelmina Snel was born on July 20th 1990 and spent her childhood in Montfoort, the Netherlands. She moved to Leiden in 2009 to start her bachelor's studies in Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology at Leiden University. After completing the bachelor's degree, she searched for a new challenge with a more practical approach, which she found in the Master's program of Spatial Planning at Utrecht University (UU). During her Master's program, Karin joined the UU Honours program called the Young Innovators League, co-organised the AESOP 2014 conference at UU, and undertook an internship at Rho Adviseurs in Rotterdam. She graduated in 2015 and immediately took on a position as Lecturer in the UU Human Geography & Spatial Planning department. In 2017 she started her PhD candidacy. She worked on the JPI Urban Europe FLOODLABEL project, which consisted of a collaboration with Ghent University, BOKU in Vienna, and various Dutch, Belgium, German, and Austrian practitioners. This project steered her into the direction of flood risk governance research and specifically residents' roles in those processes. During her PhD, she was a visiting researcher at the Flood Hazard Research Centre of Middlesex University in London, she was PhD representative to the board of Human Geography & Spatial Planning department at UU, and she developed an online climate adaptation tool with the engineering company Witteveen+Bos based on her research findings, called Karin is currently a post-doctoral researcher on integrated approaches for flood risk governance at the department of Civil Engineering at the University of Twente.