Journal article

Global environmental change II: Political economies of vulnerability to climate change

Jon Barnett

Progress in Human Geography: an international review of geographical work in the social sciences and humanities | SAGE Publications | Published : 2020


Though rarely described as such, vulnerability to climate change is fundamentally a matter of political economy. This progress report provides a reading of contemporary research on vulnerability to climate change through a political economic lens. It interprets the research as explaining the interplay between ideas about vulnerability, the institutions that create vulnerability, and those actors with interests in vulnerability. It highlights research that critiques the idea of vulnerability, and that demonstrates the agency of those at risk as they navigate the intersecting, multi-scalar and teleconnected institutions that shape their choices in adapting to climate change. The report also hi..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This report is the product of research funded by the Australian Research Council project FL180100040.