Journal article

Toward reflexive climate adaptation research

Benjamin L Preston, Lauren Rickards, Hartmut Fuenfgeld, Rodney J Keenan



Climate adaptation research is expanding rapidly within an increasingly reflexive society where the relationship between academia and other social institutions is in a state of flux. Tensions exist between the two dominant research orientations of research about and research for adaptation. In particular, the research community is challenged to develop processes for successfully executing transdisciplinary research for adaptation when academic institutions and researchers are largely structured around traditional, disciplinary expertise and funding models. One tool for helping to manage this tension is a third, more reflexive, orientation toward adaptation research that is emerging in the li..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This manuscript has been authored in part by UT-Battelle, LLC under contract no. DE-AC05-00OR22725 with the U.S. Department of Energy. The United States Government retains and the publisher, by accepting the article for publication, acknowledges that the United States Government retains a non-exclusive, paid-up, irrevocable, world-wide license to publish or reproduce the published form of this manuscript, or allow others to do so, for United States Government purposes. The Department of Energy will provide public access to these results of federally sponsored research in accordance with the DOE Public Access Plan ( In addition, many of the ideas presented in this paper were generated through the authors' experience with participatory research projects and stakeholder engagement activities supported by the Victorian Center for Climate Change Adaptation Research, Australia.