- List of Contributors
- Climate Change and Society: Approaches and Responses
- A Truly Complex and Diabolical Policy Problem
- The Nature of the Problem
- The Poverty of Climate Economics
- The Development of the Concept of Dangerous Anthropogenic Climate Change
- Voices of Vulnerability: The Reconfiguration of Policy Discourses
- The Physical Sciences and Climate Politics
- Cosmopolitan Knowledge: Climate Science and Global Civic Epistemology
- Organized Climate Change Denial
- Communicating Climate Change: Closing the Science‐Action Gap
- Economic Estimates of the Damages Caused by Climate Change
- Weighing Climate Futures: A Critical Review of the Application of Economic Valuation
- Global Change Vulnerability Assessments: Definitions, Challenges, and Opportunities
- Health Hazards
- Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Losses
- Climate Change and ‘Security’
- Human Security
- Climate Refugees and Security: Conceptualizations, Categories, and Contestations
- From Efficiency to Justice: Utility as the Informational Basis of Climate Strategies, and Some Alternatives
- Climate Justice
- International Justice
- Intergenerational Justice
- Public Opinion and Participation
- Social Movements and Global Civil Society
- Translocal Climate Justice Solidarities
- Climate Denial: Emotion, Psychology, Culture, and Political Economy
- The Role of Religions in Activism
- Comparing State Responses
- Climate Change Politics in an Authoritarian State: The Ambivalent Case of China
- Cities and Subnational Governments
- Issues of Scale in Climate Governance
- Decarbonizing the Welfare State
- Discourses of the Global South
- Economic Policy Instruments for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Policy Instruments in Practice
- Carbon Trading: A Critique
- Redesigning Energy Systems
- Corporate Responses
- Is Green Consumption Part of the Solution?
- Selling Carbon: From International Climate Regime to Global Carbon Market
- Improving the Performance of the Climate Regime: Insights from Regime Analysis
- Reconceptualizing Global Governance
- The Role of International Law in Global Governance
- The Democratic Legitimacy of Global Governance after Copenhagen
- New Actors and Mechanisms of Global Governance
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
Resilience ideas provide a framework for understanding change. Individuals, communities, and states are faced with challenges associated with the impacts of climate change and the policy imperatives to decarbonize all activities. This article outlines the key elements of resilience ideas, or a resilience theory, as they have emerged from ecology and other disciplines. Resilience as commonly applied in climate change policy is not used to promote radical change. The policy discourses associated with resilience run counter to the scientific understandings and ideas at the heart of resilience theory. This article outlines the core elements of resilience thinking and evaluates the salience and critiques the use of social-ecological resilience as a normative goal for the climate change challenge. A resilient world needs a more fundamental set of transformations and transitions than currently promoted in international and national policy arenas, and an alternative economic pathway for a post-carbon world.
W. Neil Adger is Professor, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
Katrina Brown is Professor of Development Studies, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich UK.
James Waters is Ph.D. researcher, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
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