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Title: Toward reflexive climate adaptation research

Climate adaptation research is expanding very quickly 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 literature. Finally, this new ‘research on adaptation research’ promises to help enhance understanding of the research enterprise itself and how it can become more adaptive.
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Climate Change Science Inst.; Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Environmental Sciences Division
  2. RMIT Univ., Melbourne, VIC (Australia). Centre for Urban Research. School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
  3. Univ. of Melbourne (Australia). School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 14; Journal ID: ISSN 1877-3435
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Contributing Orgs:
RMIT Univ., Melbourne, VIC (Australia)
Country of Publication:
United States
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; climate change; adaptation; research; knowledge co-production; reflexivity
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OSTI ID: 1423152