New Publication: Climate Change Research

Dr. Patrick Huntjens is lead author of two book chapters in ‘Action Research for Climate Change Adaptation: Developing and applying knowledge for governance’, published by Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research (2015). The book will be of interest to scholars and students of climate change, environmental policy, politics and governance.

Governments all over the world are struggling with the question of how to adapt to climate change. They need information not only about the issue and its possible consequences, but also about feasible governance strategies and instruments to combat it. At the same time, scientists from different social disciplines are trying to understand the dynamics and peculiarities of the governance of climate change adaptation.

This book demonstrates how action-oriented research methods can be used to satisfy the need for both policy-relevant information and scientific knowledge. Bringing together eight case studies that show inspiring practices of action research from around the world, including Australia, Denmark, Vietnam and the Netherlands, the book covers a rich variety of action-research applications, running from participatory observation to serious games and role-playing exercises. It explores many adaptation challenges, from flood-risk safety to heat stress and freshwater availability, and draws out valuable lessons about the conditions that make action research successful, demonstrating how scientific and academic knowledge can be used in a practical context to reach useful and applicable insights.

Dr. Huntjens is lead author of the following chapters:

Chapter 2 – Forms and foundations of action research

With action research becoming an accepted scientific methodology, many different approaches to action research have blossomed. This book chapter discusses forms and foundations of action research. It also defines how we see action research in this book and describes its main current forms and how they can be distinguished. The authors differentiate between levels or intensities of action research. Additionally, this chapter reflects on the scientific quality of action research by dealing with the issues of recoverability, ethical considerations, and normative aspects with regard to action research. The chapter concludes with a framework for analysis which is used in the empirical chapters of this book.

Chapter 4 – Participation in climate adaptation in the Lower Vam Co River Basin in Vietnam

This book chapter describes a participatory planning process to develop a climate change adaptation strategy for the Lower Vam Co River Basin in Long An province in Vietnam under an 18-month pilot project (September 2011 to April 2013). Given the Vietnamese culture and context, this could not be done in the same way as in Western cultures. This chapter addresses the extent to which action research methods can be applied in a non-Western culture such as Vietnam, taking into account cultural differences and possible ways to bridge these.

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