The resilience trap: exploring the practical utility of resilience for climate change adaptation in UK city-regions

Kythreotis, Andrew and Bristow, Gillian (2017) The resilience trap: exploring the practical utility of resilience for climate change adaptation in UK city-regions. Regional Studies, 51 (10). pp. 1530-1541. ISSN 0034-3404

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The resilience trap: exploring the practical utility of resilience for climate change adaptation in UK city-regions. Regional Studies. This paper examines how adaptation is interpreted across different UK city-regions by governance and policy actors, finding that the discourse of adaptation is giving way to resilience. This is explained by the value of resilience as a discursive construct in mobilizing and coordinating policy actions. Resilience has greater appeal as a framing device over adaptation to such actors given its potential to enable buy-in from a wider city-regional governance network. However, this paper also highlights the resilience trap: the dangers of adopting short-term strategies, re-badging existing strategies and widening governance networks that obfuscate sub-national mobilization around adaptation. It then reflects on how governance actors may act to avoid the resilience trap.

Keywords:adaptive management, climate change, environmental management, environmental policy, urban area, United Kingdom
Subjects:L Social studies > L723 Political Geography
F Physical Sciences > F810 Environmental Geography
Divisions:College of Science > School of Geography
ID Code:34054
Deposited On:27 Nov 2018 15:46

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