Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy


Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy

9781786432513 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by E.C.H. Keskitalo, Professor of Political Science, Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University, Sweden and B.L. Preston, RAND Corporation, US
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78643 251 3 Extent: 520 pp
This topical and engaging Research Handbook illustrates the variety of research approaches in the field of climate change adaptation policy in order to provide a guide to its social and institutional complexity.

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This topical and engaging Research Handbook illustrates the variety of research approaches in the field of climate change adaptation policy in order to provide a guide to its social and institutional complexity.

A range of international expert contributors offer interdisciplinary explorations of climate change adaptation policy from policy sciences, legal, and practitioner perspectives. Using examples from a variety of sectors including water, health and land use, and multiple levels of governance and country contexts, from international to local, and developing to developed countries, the chapters examine a wealth of theoretical orientations towards climate change adaptation policy and their underpinnings. In doing so, this Research Handbook provides an understanding of the complexity of the institutions, decision-makers and assumptions that are involved in adaptation research as well as adaptation policy development and implementation.

This Research Handbook will be an indispensable resource for both researchers and practitioners in climate change adaptation with an interest in the research methods and policies that support and advance it. Undergraduate and postgraduate students of environmental studies, public policy and politics will also find this book provides a valuable foundation for building a deeper knowledge of adaptation science and policy.
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‘The collection of contributions covers a complex variety of adaptation processes and fills in a gap in climate change research which has not taken social theory into due account. The authors capture alternative perspectives, underpinning climate change adaptation in a comprehensive way, moving from a spectrum of possibilities that cover not only “what” is happening, but also “why”’
– Margherita Paola Poto, Arctic Review on Law and Politics

‘This thoughtful, timely and comprehensive perspective on climate change adaptation policy provides insights into adaptation as it transitions from theory and planning towards practical implementation. The book is comprehensive and essential reading for all researchers, practitioners, policy- and decision-makers wanting to understand why adaptation is the way it is – why action is sometimes delayed, ineffective or maladaptive, and what the barriers are to achieving successful outcomes.’
– Jean Palutikof, Griffith University, Australia

Contributors: A. Atteridge, J. Bergh, R. Biesbroek, K.J. Bowen, D. Burton, S.N. Chau, C. Clar, S. Connor, G. Cundill, A. Dertinger, K.L. Ebi, S. Fritzen, K. Grecksch, F. Groundstroem, B. Harvey, M. Howlett, D. Javeline, S. Juhola, A. Jurgilevich, R.J. Keenan, E.C.H. Keskitalo, J. Klein, J. Lawrence, E. Lisa, J. McDonald, I. Mukherjee, M. Mullan, J. Munck, L.O. Naess, J. Nalau, H. Nelson, I. Noble, T. O''Donnell, A. Oels, M. Parsons, Å. Persson, B.L. Preston, M. Purdon, M. Rahman, A. Räsänen, D. Russel, F. Schipper, T.F. Smith, C.A. Sova, R. Steurer, R. Swart, P. Thornton, M. Twena, A. Wellstead, J. Wenta


Part I. Introduction: Understanding Adaptation in the Context of Social Theory
E. C. H. Keskitalo and B. L. Preston
1. The evolving interactions between adaptation research, international policy, and development practice
Ian Noble

Part II. Theoretical Frameworks and Systems Relevant to Climate Change Adaptation Policy Research
2. Challenges Associated with Implementing Climate Adaptation Policy
Michael Howlett, Ishani Mukherjee and Scott Fritzen

3. The role of law and legal systems in climate change adaptation policy
Joseph Wenta and Jan McDonald

4. Moving from incremental to transformational change in climate adaptation policy? An institutionalist perspective
Johan Munck af Rosenschöld and Jaap G. Rozema

5. Enabling conditions for the mainstreaming of adaptation policy and practice
Duncan Russel

6. Unpacking the potential role of social learning in adaptation policy
Georgina Cundill and Blane Harvey

7. The promise and limits of participation in adaptation governance: Moving beyond participation towards disruption
Angela Oels

8. Research methodology for adaptation policy analysis: embracing the eclectic messy centre
Mark Purdon and Philip Thornton

Part III: Understanding Adaptation Policy Development and Implementation at Different Levels and Country Contexts
9. Adaptation policy at supranational level? Evidence from the European Union
Robbert Biesbroek and Rob Swart

10. The emergence and institutionalisation of national adaptation strategies
Alexandra Jurgilevich, Fanny Groundstroem, Johannes Klein, Aleksi Räsänen and Sirkku Juhola

11. Adaptation in advanced economies. Progress and challenges in OECD countries
Michael Mullan and Andrea Dertinger

12. Adaptation policy and planning in developing countries
Chase A. Sova and E. Lisa F. Schipper

13. Adaptation policy and planning in Pacific Small Island Developing States
Meg Parsons and Johanna Nalau

14. From Adaptive Capacity to Policy Capacity Adaptation Assessments: Insights from the Policy Sciences
Mehjabeen Rahman, Adam Wellstead and Michael Howlett

15. Climate change adaptation strategies at different levels of government
Christoph Clar and Reinhard Steurer

16. The role of governance in sub-national adaptation policy implementation
Johanna Nalau, Judy Lawrence and Donovan Burton

17. Local adaptation governance: Examining power relations
Lars Otto Naess and Michelle Twena

Part IV. Sectoral and Cross-Cutting Perspectives on Adaptation Policy
18. The role of finance for adaptation
Åsa Persson and Aaron Atteridge

19. Water Resources
Kevin Grecksch

20. Property rights and land use planning on the Australian coast
Tayanah O''Donnell, Timothy F. Smith and Sarah Connor

21. Climate change adaptation in forest production systems in a globalizing economy
Rodney J. Keenan, Harry Nelson, E. Carina H. Keskitalo and Johan Bergh

22. Adaptation of Ecosystems in the Anthropocene
Debra Javeline and Sophia N. Chau

23. Adaptation in health systems
Kristie L. Ebi, Kathryn J Bowen

24. Conclusions: Climate Change Adaptation Policy Research and its Role in Understanding Climate Change
Keskitalo, E. C. H. and B. L. Preston

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