Emerging citizen contributions, roles and interactions with public authorities in Dutch pluvial flood risk management

Steven Forrest*, Elen-Maarja Trell, Johan Woltjer

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This article focuses on the emerging role of citizens and their increasing contributions to local pluvial flood risk management in the Netherlands. A qualitative research approach is followed with semi-structured interviews, and analysis of policy documents and media reports. A typology of physical resources and actions, knowledge and advocacy activities shows evidence of locally focused citizen contributions to pluvial flood risk management in the Dutch city of Arnhem. We find that this emerging citizen role is being shaped by traditional authority-led interactions, creative and dialogical approaches to citizen engagement, and citizen-initiated contributions that then interact with authorities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Water Resources Development
Issue number1
Early online date11-Mar-2020
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2021


  • Pluvial flooding
  • Flood risk management
  • The Netherlands
  • Authoritycitizen interactions
  • Flood resilience
  • Citizen initiatives

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