The many faces of flooding: Policy, science, and art

A public panel debate and exhibition

The many faces of flooding

This panel debate will explore how we can effectively and fairly build resilience to future flood events?

The panel will each provide a unique perspective on the 2013/14 winter floods and comment on UK adaptation to future floods.

To be held during the Royal Geographical Society’s annual conference, but open to all. Please register for this public event through the project’s Eventbrite page (if you are not registered to attend the conference).

Alumni Auditorium, The Forum, University of Exeter Streatham campus. Wednesday 2 September 2015: 18:45 to 20:00

Chaired by Neil Adger, Professor of Human Geography, University of Exeter.


Daniel Johns, Head of Adaptation, Committee on Climate Change
Sarah Curtis, Professor of Health and Risk at Durham University
David Wilkes, Associate Director at Arup UK
Steve Guilbert, Devon Maritime Forum Coordinator at Devon County Council
Nick Haigh, Head of Water and Floods Analysis, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sarah Diacono, Somerset Rivers Authority, Somerset County Council (tbc)
To find out more about panel members please see the project’s biographies page.


The panel debate will be preceded and followed by an exhibition of work from two artists commissioned to reflect on and respond to research into the 2013/14 winter floods.

A short film by Emma Critchley will be screened as part of the event, and a photographic exhibition by David Mansell-Moullin will be displayed during the drinks reception.

The art work is in response to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)  Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) led by Dr Catherine Butler.

Please contact the event organisers for more information: Dr Catherine Butler ( and Dr Kate Walker-Springett ( or visit





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