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Mr Tudorel Vilcan

Profile summary

  • Research Staff
  • Research Associate, Future Urban Flood Risk Management
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
  • tudorel.vilcan

Professional biography

Dr. Tudor Vilcan is a Research Associate in the Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise. He is working on an EPSRC funded project called Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future, which aims to achieve urban flood resilience nationally, through the adoption of the whole system approach to urban flood and water management. This project is based on the outputs of another EPSRC funded project called The Blue-Green Cities Research Project, which aimed to develop new strategies for managing urban flood risk as part of wider, integrated urban planning that combines water management and green infrastructure (Blue-Green infrastructure). Tudor will be involved with one of the five main work packages, which investigates the barriers to innovation in collaborative governance. Through action research and participatory knowledge, this package looks to engage stakeholders in order to overcome these barriers and broaden the uptake of Blue-Green infrastructure. 

Tudor has been recently awarded a PhD from the University of Southampton. Using approaches from social and political science, Tudor’s PhD thesis investigated the implementation of resilience policies in practice in the area of flood risk management. In addition to resilience, he is interested in planning, especially in relation to water management. Other research interests revolved around community participation and empowerment and the engagement of individuals with structures of governance. 

Research interests

- Resilience 

- Planning and water management

- Approaches to community engagement

- Critical approaches to social and political theory (governmentality, biopolitics, complexity theory, new materialism) 


Articulating resilience in practice: chains of responsibilisation, failure points and political contestation (2017)
Vilcan, Tudorel
Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses, 5(1) (pp. 29-43)