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In search of ‘lost’ knowledge and outsourced expertise in flood risk management

Haughton, Graham; Bankoff, Greg; Coulthard, Tom J

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Graham Haughton

Abstract

This paper examines the parallel discourses of ‘lost’ local flood expertise and the growing use of commercial consultancies to outsource aspects of flood risk work. We critically examine the various claims and counter-claims about lost, local and external expertise in flood management, focusing on the aftermath of the 2007 floods in East Yorkshire, England. Drawing on interviews with consultants, drainage engineers and others, we caution against claims that privilege ‘local’ floods knowledge as ‘good’ and expert knowledge as somehow suspect. This paper urges carefulness in interpreting claims about local knowledge, arguing that it is important always to think instead of hybrid knowledge formations. We conclude by arguing that experiments in the co-production of flood risk knowledge need to be seen as part of a spectrum of ways for producing shared knowledge.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2015-07
Journal Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Print ISSN 0020-2754
Electronic ISSN 1475-5661
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 3
Pages 375-386
Institution Citation Haughton, G., Bankoff, G., & Coulthard, T. J. (2015). In search of ‘lost’ knowledge and outsourced expertise in flood risk management. Transactions - Institute of British Geographers, 40(3), 375-386. https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12082
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12082
Keywords Flood risk management; Local knowledge; Expert knowledge; Co-production of knowledge; Consultants; Outsourcing
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tran.12082/abstract
Copyright Statement This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Additional Information Copy of: Haughton, G., Bankoff, G. and J Coulthard, T. (2015), In search of ‘lost’ knowledge and outsourced expertise in flood risk management. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. doi: 10.1111/tran.12082

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