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Title: Toward reflexive climate adaptation research

Abstract

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.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2]; ORCiD logo [2]; ORCiD logo [3]
  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
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
Contributing Org.:
RMIT Univ., Melbourne, VIC (Australia)
OSTI Identifier:
1265515
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1423152
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 14; Journal ID: ISSN 1877-3435
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; climate change; adaptation; research; knowledge co-production; reflexivity

Citation Formats

Preston, Benjamin L., Rickards, Lauren, Fünfgeld, Hartmut, and Keenan, Rodney J. Toward reflexive climate adaptation research. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2015.05.002.
Preston, Benjamin L., Rickards, Lauren, Fünfgeld, Hartmut, & Keenan, Rodney J. Toward reflexive climate adaptation research. United States. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2015.05.002.
Preston, Benjamin L., Rickards, Lauren, Fünfgeld, Hartmut, and Keenan, Rodney J. Mon . "Toward reflexive climate adaptation research". United States. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2015.05.002. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1265515.
@article{osti_1265515,
title = {Toward reflexive climate adaptation research},
author = {Preston, Benjamin L. and Rickards, Lauren and Fünfgeld, Hartmut and Keenan, Rodney J.},
abstractNote = {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.},
doi = {10.1016/j.cosust.2015.05.002},
journal = {Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability},
number = ,
volume = 14,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {6}
}

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