Dialogic data innovations for sustainability transformations and flood resilience : the case for waterproofing data

de Albuquerque, João Porto; Anderson, Liana; Calvillo, Nerea; Cattino, Massimo; Clarke, Andrew; Cunha, Maria Alexandra; Garde-Hansen, Joanne; Klonner, Carolin; Lima-Silva, Fernanda; Marchezini, Victor; da Mata Martins, Mario Henrique; Grajales, Diego Pajarito; Pitidis, Vangelis; Rizwan, Mohammed; Tkacz, Nathaniel and Trajber, Rachel. 2023. Dialogic data innovations for sustainability transformations and flood resilience : the case for waterproofing data. Global Environmental Change, 82, 102730. ISSN 0959-3780 [Article]

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Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and have increasing impacts, which disproportionately affect marginalised and impoverished communities. This article proposes and assesses a new methodological approach for developing innovative solutions based on urban data analytics to address sustainability challenges in light of changing climate conditions. The approach draws inspiration from Paulo Freire's dialogic pedagogy and has been implemented in the international transdisciplinary project “Waterproofing Data”, with multiple study sites in Brazil. The project has introduced three methodological interventions: making data practices visible, engaging citizens and communities with data, and sharing data stories. Our study demonstrates that these methods have expanded the types of data used in flood risk management and have engaged a wider range of social groups in the generation, circulation, and utilization of data. We present a framework that provides guidance about the ways in which data innovations can contribute to transformative change, aiming to ensure that future development trajectories are just, inclusive, and equitable. The findings provide evidence that our approach not only helps fill existing data gaps and promote more equitable flood risk governance but also democratises decision-making in climate adaptation. Citizens were empowered to take proactive measures to improve resilience to disaster risks, thereby saving lives and safeguarding livelihoods.

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This article is part of the project T2S Waterproofing Data that was financially supported by the Belmont Forum and NORFACE Joint Research Programme on Transformations to Sustainability (https://www.norface.net/program/transformations-to-sustainability/), co-funded by DLR/BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) as part of its Social-Ecological Research funding priority, United Kingdom Research and Innovation Economic and Social Science Council, State of Sao Paulo Research Foundation/FAPESP, and the European Commission through Horizon 2020 under grant agreement No 730211. Joao Porto de Albuquerque reports financial support was provided by Economic and Social Research Council (ES/S006982/1 and ES/L011921/1). Maria Alexandra Cunha, Fernanda Silva, Mario Martins and Victor Marchezini report financial support was provided by State of Sao Paulo Research Foundation (Grant numbers 2018/50039-4, 2019/06616-0, 2019/06595-2 and 2018/06093-4). Carolin Klonner reports financial support was provided by Federal Ministry of Education and Research Bonn Office. Joao Porto de Albuquerque reports financial support was provided by Global Challenges Research Fund (EP/T015683/1).

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Transformations, Sustainability, Floods, Urban data, Climate adaptation, Resilience, Critical pedagogy, Disaster risk, Participatory urban analytics

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


9 July 2023Accepted
27 July 2023Published Online
September 2023Published

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26 Sep 2023 15:32

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26 Sep 2023 15:35

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