Coastal Seminars 2017 – Ms Sien van der Plank

The fifth seminar of this series will be given by

Ms Sien van der Plank (University of Southampton)

who will deliver an afternoon coastal seminar, on

“Coastal Flood Risk Management: Towards Increased Integration and Resilience”

When: Wednesday, 09 May 2018, 4pm – 5pm

Where: Building 07/3031 L/R F2 Highfield Campus




Flooding is the most damaging natural hazard in the United Kingdom today. Coastal flood risk management aims to reduce the impacts of coastal flooding through adaptation measures including spatial planning, engineering and insurance. Yet these measures are seldom assessed collectively. This research analyses how each of the approaches defines flood risk and investigates the challenges of adapting to coastal flood risk in the UK.

By studying these spatial planning, engineering and insurance approaches together, we see that although each approach alone may only address one dimension flood risk, collectively they manage all aspects to some extent. Nonetheless, the three approaches are legislated and regulated in relative isolation, and in their current formation have contrary implications for existing and future developments.

This talk highlights the contemporary levels of resilience of coastal flood risk management in the UK to environmental and social uncertainties, and suggests where further research and integration may be appropriate.


Ms Sien van der Plank is a second year PhD student at the University of Southampton, under the supervision of Dr Sally Brown, Prof Robert Nicholls, and Prof James Davey. Her PhD is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Sien holds a BSc in Sustainability and World Politics from the University of Leiden, and an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford. She previously conducted research on community perceptions of mines, and the discourses of political parties for animals, and sees herself as an interdisciplinary social-environmental scientist.