Adaptation policy and community discourse: risk, vulnerability, and just transformation

David Schlosberg, Lisette B. Collins, Simon Niemeyer

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How can public engagement assist in the development of just processes and outcomes in adaptation discourse and policymaking? A concern with justice is at the center of thinking about adaptation that is not only resilient, but also public, engaging, and transformative. Theoretically, the intersection of adaptation, transformation, and environmental and climate justice is examined, before exploring the specific concerns and normative foundations for adaptation policy articulated by local governments, environmental groups, and local residents engaged in adaptation planning in Australia. Despite a discursive disconnect between governmental focus on a risk or resilience-based approach and a community concern with the vulnerability of basic needs and capabilities of everyday life, deliberative engagement in adaptation planning can both address issues of justice and represent a transformative practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-437
Number of pages25
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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