Journal article

Local values and fairness in climate change adaptation: Insights from marginal rural Australian communities

Sonia Graham, Jon Barnett, Colette Mortreux, Anna Hurlimann, Ruth Fincher

World Development | Pergamon-Elsevier Science | Published : 2018


A key criterion of successful adaptation to climate change is that it avoids potential inequalities arising from climate impacts or from adaptation strategies themselves. Recent research on adaptation in developing and developed countries argues that the measures of such fairness cannot be captured by standard metrics of vulnerability and should be situated in the milieu of people’s daily lives and temporalities. Yet there is little empirical evidence to support this theoretical argument. This paper describes a method, and presents findings from research that aimed to understand and classify the lived values of four marginal rural communities at risk of sea-level rise in Australia to inform ..

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Awarded by Linkage Grant from the Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This project was funded by a Linkage Grant (LP100100586) from the Australian Research Council. Our research partners on the linkage grant were Wellington Shire Council, the East Gippsland Shire Council, the Gippsland Coastal Board, the Department of Sustainability and Environment, and the Department of Planning and Community Development. We would like to acknowledge the support provided by these agencies. We would also like to thank Chandra Jayasuriya for creating the map. Finally, thank you to all the people who took the time to respond to the survey.