Complex conflicts in hazards management: insights from the Cork flood defences dispute

Jeffers, J.M (2018) Complex conflicts in hazards management: insights from the Cork flood defences dispute. In: Conference of Irish Geographers, 10 -12 May 2018, Maynooth University, Ireland.

Abstract

In late 2016 an ambitious flood relief scheme was proposed for Cork City. It included a range of measures aimed at reducing flood risk throughout the River Lee catchment but with a particular focus on structural approaches in the city centre. The project became embroiled in a high profile dispute when a local campaign group naming itself the Save Cork City campaign emerged in opposition to the scheme. This group has opposed proposed flood walls in the city centre and argued instead for the construction of a downstream tidal barrier and other measures. This paper traces the emergence of this dispute and uses a frame analysis to explore the positions adopted by various parties involved. While this analysis illustrates that a range of framings are used by individuals and groups to make sense of the issues involved, it also demonstrates that many of the participants in the dispute share similar underlying assumptions about flood hazards and their management. Place attachment and human security both play an important role in shaping perceptions of flood hazards and adaptation choices. While highlighting areas of disagreement between local stakeholders, conflicts such as that in Cork can also represent important opportunities to engage new wider constituencies with hazards management and to bring new perspectives into the decision-making process.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2018 17:46
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2018 17:46
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