Adaptive capacity: exploring the research frontier
Colette Mortreux, Jon Barnett
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change | Wiley | Published : 2017
In the past 15 years there has been rapid growth in research on adaptive capacity. This article critically reviews this literature, describing changes in the field over time, and highlighting the new frontiers in research. It explains how research on adaptive capacity began and remains heavily influenced by a one‐size‐fits‐all assets‐based theory that assumes that adaptation action is commensurate with the possession of capitals. It explains how this theory has been unable to explain how adaptation is actually practiced across diverse contexts and scales. The article then highlights new research, particularly that which extends analysis to include psycho‐social and institutional dimensions a..View full abstract
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The author would like to acknowledge the valuable contributions of Dr Saffron O'Neill and two anonymous reviewers for their insightful and critical comments on the manuscript. This research was completed with the support of Australian Research Council Project FT120100208.