7. Community

Healy, Stephen
Kleinberg, Eric
Legacy, Crystal
Mellick Lopes, Abby

This article is an interview with four researchers about the role of community and community-based initiatives in climate adaptation in urban contexts

Diverse more-than-human approaches to climate change adaptation in Vietnam

Huong Thi Do
Kelly Dombroski

In this piece based on Huong's PhD fieldwork, we think about what a diverse economies and more-than-human approach might offer our thinking on climate change adaptation in Vietnam. While a lot of climate change adaptation interventions have been remodelled modernist development projects reminiscent of the green revolution, we deliberately seek out some of the embodied and local strategies that farmers are using to pay attention and adapt to a changing climate.

Community led initiatives for climate adaptation and mitigation

Katy Simon, Gradon Diprose, Amanda Thomas

Planning for climate change is complex. There is some uncertainty about how quickly the climate will change and what the anticipated localised effects will be. There are also governance questions, for instance, who has the mandate to make decisions around the management of collective resources (like council infrastructure) and private property. Underlying these questions are issues of justice, equity and agency – who pays for the costs of adaptation and mitigation, and how do decision-makers engage with communities when what is ultimately needed is transformational socio-economic change?

Arctic Auditories: Hydrospheres in the High North


Dr. Katrin Losleben, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway (CERN)
Dr. Elizabeth Barron, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway (CEI)
Dr. Britta Sweers, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Dr. Angus Carlyle, University of the Arts London, London, England
Paula Ryggvik Mikalsen, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway

Performative Research for a Climate Politics of Hope: Rethinking Geographic Scale, ‘Impact’ Scale and Markets

Jenny Cameron
Jarra Hicks

Research is increasingly recognised as a generative and performative practice that contributes to shaping the world we come to live in. Thus part of the research ‘process’ involves being explicit about the worlds we want our research to contribute to and reflecting on how the concepts we use might help or inhibit this agenda. This paper is based on our commitment to strengthening the contributions that grassroots renewable energy initiatives might make to a climate changing world.

Strategic Localism for an Uncertain World: A Postdevelopment Approach to Climate Change Adaptation

Philip Ireland
Katharine McKinnon

Phil Ireland and I collaborated on this paper during his PhD studies while I was at Macquarie University. We sought to bring together his work on Climate Change Adaptation with my thinking on post-development. We argue that when it comes to efforts to support Climate Change Adaptation in the majority world, it is important to challenge technocratic approaches that dismiss the value of local innovations. Instead we draw inspiration from the work of J.K. Gibson-Graham and their injunction to refuse to know too much.

The Nitty Gritty of Creating Alternative Economies

J.K. Gibson-Graham
Gerda Roelvink

Amidst widespread concern about the economy, this paper explores how academic researchers can contribute to the work underway to create environmentally orientated and socially just economies. We offer the diverse economies framework as a technique with which to cultivate ethical economies.

A Postcapitalist Politics of Dwelling

Gerda Roelvink
J.K. Gibson-Graham

In this article we draw on community economies and ecological humanities scholarship to tackle perhaps the most pressing question of our time. How do we live together with human and non-human others?