Sustainable development in cities: collaborating to improve urban climate resilience and develop the business case for adaptation

Eckersley, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-9048-8529, England, K. and Ferry, L., 2018. Sustainable development in cities: collaborating to improve urban climate resilience and develop the business case for adaptation. Public Money & Management, 38 (5), pp. 335-344. ISSN 0954-0962

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Abstract

Fragmented governance contexts make it difficult for public bodies to direct and control climate adaptation initiatives. This article highlights how Newcastle City Council collaborated with local partners to create a shared understanding of how a major storm could affect public services across North East England. This helped the authority to develop a business case to invest in infrastructure that will help to protect future generations from severe weather events.

Developing the business case for climate adaptation is difficult. Public bodies do not bear many of the costs that arise after 'doing nothing', it is tricky to predict the impact and frequency of severe weather events, and fragmented structures mean organisations do not always understand the risks to common systems. By working with a local university to model a storm scenario that subsequently played out in real life, Newcastle City Council was able to develop a shared understanding of its potential impact amongst local stakeholders. This stimulated partnership working and informed a cost-benefit analysis to invest in more flood-resilient infrastructure.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Public Money & Management
Creators: Eckersley, P., England, K. and Ferry, L.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2018
Volume: 38
Number: 5
ISSN: 0954-0962
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/09540962.2018.1477642DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 26 Apr 2018 08:45
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2018 10:21
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33342

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