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Waterproofing data: engaging stakeholders in the sustainable governance of flood risks for urban resilience

Grant number: 18/50039-4
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: December 01, 2018 - November 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Cooperation agreement: Belmont Forum
Principal Investigator:Maria Alexandra Viegas Cortez da Cunha
Grantee:Maria Alexandra Viegas Cortez da Cunha
Home Institution: Escola de Administração de Empresas (EAESP). Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/06595-2 - Making data flows visible and enabling transformations towards Waterproofing Data, BP.PD
19/06616-0 - Waterproofing Data: engaging stakeholders in the sustainable governance of flood risks for urban resilience, BP.PD


Waterproofing Data investigates the governance of water-related risks, with a focus on social and cultural aspects of data practices. Typically, data flows up from local levels to scientific "centers of expertise", and then flood-related alerts and interventions flow back down through local governments and into communities. Rethinking how flood-related data is produced, and how it flows, can help build sustainable, flood resilient communities. To this end, this project develops three innovative methods around data practices, across different sites and scales: 1) we will make visible existing flows of flood-related data through tracing data; 2) generate new types of data at the local level by engaging citizens through the creation of multi-modal interfaces, which sense, collect and communicate flood data, and; 3) integrate citizen-generated data with other data using geo-computational techniques. These methodological interventions will change how flood- related data is produced and flows, creating new governance arrangements between citizens, governments and flood experts and, ultimately, increased community resilience related to floods. The project will be conducted by a highly skilled international team of researchers with multiple disciplinary backgrounds from Brazil, Germany and the UK, in close partnership with researchers, stakeholders and public of a multi-site case study on flood risk management in Brazil. Furthermore, the methods and results of this case study will be the basis for a transcultural dialogue with government organizations and local administration of two cities in Germany and the United Kingdom with recent flooding experiences. (AU)