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Flood Risk and Inequalities between Ethnic Groups in the flood plains of England and Wales

Fielding, Jane L. (2017) Flood Risk and Inequalities between Ethnic Groups in the flood plains of England and Wales Disasters: the journal of disaster studies, policy and management, 42 (1). pp. 101-123.

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Abstract

Previous research has shown that many vulnerable communities experience disproportional exposure to flood risk but this article is the first to look at broad ethnic/racial group differences in the UK. It is argued that differences in language and culture, especially of new immigrants, bestow vulnerabilities on such communities resulting in a lack of knowledge to be aware, be prepared, or to recover expediently following a flood emergency. Using 2011 UK Census data and Environment Agency flood maps, this article has shown that it is the non-white communities in Wales that live at greatest disproportionate flood risk, where 23% of the non-white populations live at flood risk compared to 11.4% of their white neighbours. In contrast, in areas in England, the difference in flood risk between white and non-white ethnic/racial groups is within ±2%, excepting Yorkshire and Humberside where it is the white populations who live at greatest flood risk.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : subj_Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors : Fielding, Jane L.
Date : 25 April 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 The Author(s). Disasters © Overseas Development Institute, 2018 This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Fielding, J. L. (2018), 'Flood risk and inequalities between ethnic groups in the floodplains of England and Wales'. Disasters, 42: 101-123. doi:10.1111/disa.12230, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/disa.12230 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 25 May 2016 10:23
Last Modified : 25 Apr 2019 02:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810815

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