The Analysis of Local Communities Flood Adaptation Strategies using Traditional and Participative Research Methods. Case Study: The Danube Valley between Giurgiu and Gostinu' – PhD Thesis Summary
Author: Cristina Nenciu Posner
Abstract: The aim of the research is to combine traditional approaches to the study of adaptation to floods based on academic research with trans-disciplinary approaches. The research followed specific objectives: (a) To identify current and past ways of interactions between the inhabitants of the Danube floodplain and their local environment and the factors that contributed towards adjustment, adaptation or mal-adaptation; (b) To estimate the impact of structural methods of protection against floods and the bureaucracy associated with implementing them; (c) To apply a detailed case study in the village of Gostinu in Giurgiu county, using diachronic analysis, ethnographic methods and PGIS to identify factors that influence adaptation to flooding; (d) To identify the characteristics of local communities and the vision of community members, regarding floods and explore reactions to plans to renaturate the Danube floodplain; (e) To analyse flood protection policies and strategies at local, regional, national and international level and estimate their impact.
participative research, ethnographic research, structural methods, diachronic analysis.