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Understanding risk, choice and amenity in an urban area at risk of flooding


Willis, KF and Natalier, K and Revie, M, Understanding risk, choice and amenity in an urban area at risk of flooding, Housing Studies, 26, (2) pp. 225-239. ISSN 0267-3037 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02673037.2011.549215


This paper reports on a qualitative interview study of residents' perceptions of the probability and impact of flooding in a socially disadvantaged urban area identified and publicised as at risk of inundation. The people in this study engage with expert definitions of flood risk, but expert knowledge is not their most important reference point. While residents understand that the area is at risk of flooding, two key points emerge in their discussions of this risk. First, for most participants knowledge of this risk does not translate into personal worry; second, risk knowledge is balanced against their valuing of amenities in the area. While risk is of sociological and policy interest, for people living within, rather than analysing, areas prone to natural disasters risk is not the defining element of life; rather, it is contextualised within people's housing history, choices (or lack thereof) and experiences of an area.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:disaster, risk perception, flooding, neighbourhoods
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Willis, KF (Dr Karen Willis)
UTAS Author:Natalier, K (Dr Kristin Natalier)
ID Code:69637
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2011-05-09
Last Modified:2017-11-07
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