Project Profile: Waterproofing Data

Waterproofing Data: Engaging Stakeholders in Sustainable Flood Risk Governance for Urban Resilience


Principal Investigators: Joao Porto de Albuquerque, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Partners: Maria Alexandria Viegas Cortez da Cunha, Fundacao Getulio Varga, Brazil
Alezander Zipf, Heidelberg University, Germany
Nathaniel Tkacz, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Nerea Calvillo, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Joanne Garde-Hansen, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Jon Coaffee, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Marlei Pozzebon, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil
Rachel Trajber, National Early Warning and Monitoring Centre for Natural Disasters, Brazil
Sponsors: São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil
Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
Economic and Social Research Council, United Kingdom


Full Project Title: Waterproofing Data: Engaging Stakeholders in Sustainable Flood Risk Governance for Urban Resilience
Full Call Title: T2S2016


Project Objective: This project therefore focuses on the social and cultural aspects of water-related risks, with a specific emphasis on data practices.

In order to achieve this, Waterproofing Data investigates three main research questions:

1. How to make visible the way citizens, local government authorities, and other agencies involved in the management of water-related risks engage with data on flooding?

2. How to engage citizens to produce, circulate and embed data, which incorporates and builds upon pre-existing flood memories and local knowledge of flood risk, to increase community resilience?

3. How to integrate citizen-generated data with other data sources, such as environmental sensors, socio-demographics and risk mapping, in ways that support decision-making and policy-making on flooding?
Call Objective: T2S has two major objectives:

To develop understanding of and promote research on transformations to sustainability which are of significant social, economic and policy concern throughout the world and of great relevance to both academics and stakeholders;

To build capacity, overcome fragmentation and have a lasting impact on both society and the research landscape by cultivating durable research collaboration across multiple borders, disciplinary boundaries, and with practitioners and societal partners. This includes facilitating the development of new research collaborations with parts of the world which are not often involved in large-scale international research efforts, notably low- and middle-income countries.


Regions: Europe, South America
Countries: Brazil, Germany, United Kingdom


Duration: 36 months
Call Date: July 6, 2017
Project Award Date: April 26, 2018