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Can Regional-Scale Governance and Planning Support Transformative Adaptation?: A Study of Two Places
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013). (Klimat och Säkerhet)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5356-4112
The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia.
The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia.
Örebro universitet.
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2019 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 24, p. 1-17, article id 6978Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The idea that climate change adaptation is best leveraged at the local scale is a well-institutionalized script in both research and formal governance. This idea is based on the argument that the local scale is where climate change impacts are “felt” and experienced. However, sustainable and just climate futures require transformations in systems, norms, and cultures that underpin and reinforce our unsustainable practices and development pathways, not just “local” action. Governance interventions are needed to catalyse such shifts, connecting multilevel and multiscale boundaries of knowledge, values, levels and organizational remits. We critically reflect on current adaptation governance processes in Victoria, Australia and the Gothenburg region, Sweden to explore whether regional-scale governance can provide just as important leverage for adaptation as local governance, by identifying and addressing intersecting gaps and challenges in adaptation at local levels. We suggest that regional-scale adaptation oers possibilities for transformative change because they can identify, connect, and amplify small-scale (local) wins and utilize this collective body of knowledge to challenge and advocate for unblocking stagnated, institutionalized policies and practices, and support transformative change.

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Basel, Schweiz: MDPI, 2019. Vol. 11, no 24, p. 1-17, article id 6978
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climate change, adaptation, scales, governance
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75906DOI: 10.3390/su11246978ISI: 000506899000091OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-75906DiVA, id: diva2:1377303
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