Social network analysis of EU flood risk management plans : Case Finland

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
Date
2024-03
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en
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14
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JOURNAL OF FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT, Volume 17, issue 1
Abstract
Flood risks are increasing in Europe, and the EU Floods Directive is one of the main efforts to implement and harmonize effective flood risk governance and management among member states. At the same time, the ongoing shift from mere flood protection to multi-functional flood risk governance calls for increased collaboration among a diversity of actors, typically with varying interests and responsibilities. In this study, we analyze the actor networks unfolding from flood risk management plans to visualize the diversity of roles and connections between actors participating in flood risk management measures. We introduce a new framework for analyzing flood risk management plans and related actor networks using Social Network Analysis and test it in the context of Finland. The framework helps to visualize the diversity of networks for different flood risk management strategies. The analysis also reveals the central roles that different types of actors—including those outside the public sector—occupy in the network. The findings suggest that Social Network Analysis can be used in the context of EU flood risk governance and that flood risk management plans offer an excellent opportunity for comparative governance studies in the EU.
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Funding Information: This research was funded by Maa‐ja vesitekniikan tuki ry. We thank the Finnish Environment Institute for providing data and for their support and correspondence during this research. Thank you also to our colleagues at Water & Development Research Group at Aalto University for their support and comments. Publisher Copyright: © 2023 The Authors. Journal of Flood Risk Management published by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Keywords
flood risk governance, flood risk management, floods directive, graph database, social network analysis
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Banafa, T, Eräranta, S, Peltonen, L & Keskinen, M 2024, ' Social network analysis of EU flood risk management plans : Case Finland ', JOURNAL OF FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT, vol. 17, no. 1, e12945 . https://doi.org/10.1111/jfr3.12945