9. governance of adaptation
Convenors: Harriet Bulkeley, Simin Davoudi, Joyeeta Gupta, Dave Huitema, Katrien Termeer
Adaptation to climate change is not just a technical or environmental challenge, but also a social, political and normative challenge. Governing the social and technical processes of adaptation and its political implications is a task of equal complexity as predicting climate change itself. The governance of climate change adaptation is multi-level, cuts across different policy sectors, and involves a wide range of actors, stakeholders and interests. Some refer to it as an emerging policy field, but certainly its institutional landscape is evolving and subject to political contestation. It grapples with controversies about not just building resilient infrastructures, but also enabling social transformation. This session is organized to discuss the evolving governance of adaptation in different social and political contexts and at the international, national and local levels. Its aim is to stimulate dialogues about multiple paths to adaptation and their governance implications. Central to such a dialogue are normative questions related to efficiency, equity, democracy. But more other questions can be asked too, for instance about participation, knowledge, power relations, perceptions of risk and security, and changes in behaviour and social practices.
We welcome papers that engage with the above agenda and the development of a deeper understanding of governance of climate adaptation. We particularly welcome papers that contribute to theoretical insights regarding the following themes:
- What are the processes through which societal adaptations in response to climate change may take place and to what extent can they be influenced?
- What forms of social and cultural meanings of climate change are emerging, and what is the significance of these for understanding and governing societal transformations?
- What are the critical challenges of adaptation governance in different social contexts?
- What kinds of governance arrangements or institutional designs are emerging and how effective are they in addressing adaptation challenges?
- What are the social justice implications of climate change adaptation policies and practices, in terms of both distributive and procedural justice?
- Are the emerging concepts (such as resilience) and theories (such as complexity theory) useful in providing novel framing of adaptation governance?
- What forms of new science-policy interactions and power/knowledge relations are developing in the context of adaptation governance?