Current projects 

Flood Risk Governance in a Changing Climate (FLOODGOV)

How effective are Canada’s flood risk governance arrangements in achieving resilient, efficient, and legitimate flood risk management outcomes in cities?

Funded through a Network Investigator Grant from the MEOPAR Network (2018-2021) and a SSHRC Insight Grant (2018-2023), this project analyzes the effectiveness of Canada's flood risk governance arrangements as they play out in Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Using climate change-adjusted flood hazard maps produced by the expert hazard modelling firm JBA Risk Management, our team is creating state-of-the-art 3-D visualizations of future flood risk. These are the foundation for Risk Dialogues that engage stakeholders in identifying strategies to achieve flood resilience in a changing climate.

For more information, please visit the project website at

Effective Property Buyout Programs to Reduce Flood Risk in a Changing Climate

What are the characterisitics of effective property buyout programs to reduce flood risk? 

Funded through a research grant from the Max Bell Foundation [2019-2022], this project examines property buyouts as a tool to reduce flood risk and increase community resilience to climate change. Through comparative cases studies, it aims to:

  • critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of property buyout programs;
  • engage target audiences to identify enabling conditions that strengthen the efficiency, social acceptability, and political viability of property buyout programs; and,
  • equip policymakers and practitioners with evidence-based advice about how to design and implement effective property buyout programs.

See our initial policy brief here.

Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum

The Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum (CCRF) is a community of practice focused on strengthening social resilience to natural hazards and climate change in Canada’s coastal regions. 

For more information about our community, please visit the CCRF website.

This initiative is kindly supported by the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) a federally-funded Network of Centres of Excellence.

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