Science and narrative

In the Drought Risk and You (DRY) Project, we undertook a series of creative experiments in bringing science and narrative together in different ways to support better decision-making for drought risk management in the UK. 

Our research design had a strong focus on co-production (researching together) and participation working with seven catchment based Local Advisory Groups and our National Stakeholder Group. At various stages in our research, we captured reflections on our processes on video so we could share ideas within our research team, with our stakeholders and also with others beyond the research project.  These videos are shared below.

Bringing together science, storytelling and geography in the ‘DRY Utility tool’

Challenges and opportunities of interdisciplinarity

How to try and play out a meaningful co-production through the process

“Verse Narratives” – a way of listening to and transcribing a story

Linking science and stories in the DRY Project

Storytelling and scenario-ing: using past experience to plan for the future

Developing hybrid storytelling approaches

Hosting social storytelling events’ about drought: some challenges

Storytelling: a way to bridge scientific and ‘lay’ knowledge into drought debates

How people respond to drought: co-designing an archive to inform decision-makers

“Verse Narratives” – a way of listening to and transcribing a story

In this video, Professor Michael Wilson (Loughborough University) reflects on how we analyse stories, how do we extract data from stories. And proposes the “verse narratives” as a way of listening to and transcribing a story.

Stories as a way of getting people into the debate

This video is an extract of the seminar “I can’t remember the name of the dog…”: Stories about (and not about) drought, flooding and climate change.

(Inter)disciplinary reflections on meaning: scenario