Compounding focusing events as windows of opportunity for flood management policy transitions in Singapore

Tortajada, C. , Koh, R., Bindal, I. and Kiat, L. W. (2021) Compounding focusing events as windows of opportunity for flood management policy transitions in Singapore. Journal of Hydrology, 599, 126345. (doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.126345)

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Abstract

Urban floods are the result of natural and man-made events, with their economic, social, and environmental impacts reflecting policy and political decisions taken at different times in the history of cities. In this paper, we discuss flood events in Singapore over 2010 and 2011 in Orchard Road, one of the traditionally most important retail and touristic areas in the city-state, as the compounding focusing events that opened a window of opportunity for flood management policy transitions in the city-state. Using qualitative case study analysis and topic modelling, we evaluate the multi-pronged plans and measures taken by the government to strengthen Singapore’s flood resilience, and the lessons learned that were born out of these events. We conclude the Orchard Road floods served as a focusing event that raised the attention to the limitations of flood management in Singapore and reaffirmed the importance of adaptive management in policy making.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tortajada, Professor Cecilia
Authors: Tortajada, C., Koh, R., Bindal, I., and Kiat, L. W.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Hydrology
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0022-1694
ISSN (Online):1879-2707
Published Online:17 April 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Elsevier B.V.
First Published:First published in Journal of Hydrology 599: 126345
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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