Climate adaptation policy lock-ins: a 3x3 approach
Adapting to worsening impacts of climate change is one of the biggest global challenges. Yet, limited action on the part of public authorities still prevails; institutions, infrastructures, technologies and societal behaviours appear resistant to change. Understanding this gap requires better knowledge of the way societies are governed, but the existing literature often overlooks this, going no further than describing ‘barriers to change’. Better explaining what we term ‘lock-ins’ requires uncovering the dynamics that create and sustain them. That is the aim of this original and cross-disciplinary study. Taking an empirical, but theoretically reflective, approach, it examines three policy sectors central to climate adaptation - water management, health care, and biodiversity and nature conservation – in three countries: Germany, Netherlands and the UK. Although in principle all three are well equipped to deal with climate adaptation, each is subject to lock-in. The project will use a mixed methods approach to understand why lock-ins arise and persist in each instance, and will employ Qualitative Comparative Analysis to better understand the dynamics of lock-ins as they affect climate adaptation. It will confront observed (in)action with different approaches for explaining lock-ins, advance conceptual and empirical understanding of how lock-ins emerge and endure, and use the findings to provide informed recommendations for the design of more effective adaptation policies.
Further information on our project can be found here.
We have multiple attractive new positions in the field of climate adaptation governance.
University of Oldenburg (Germany)
These roles include
- creating a conceptual framework for analysing infrastructural-technological aspects of climate change adaptation;
- empirical data gathering for German cases;
- synthesising empirical results for biodiversity & nature conservation across UK, Dutch and German case studies
- project coordination
Open University (Netherlands)
This role includes
- creating a conceptual framework for analysing behavioural aspects of climate change adaptation;
- empirical data gathering for Dutch cases;
- synthesising empirical results for the water management sector across UK, Dutch and German case studies
University of East Anglia (UK)
This role includes
- creating a conceptual framework for analysing institutional aspects of climate change adaptation;
- empirical data gathering for UK cases;
- synthesising empirical results for the health sector across UK, Dutch and German case studies
All applications should be submitted to the specific universities by 15 February 2019. If you wish to be considered for several of these jobs at the same time, please use the same material in applying to each of the universities you are interested in, while following each university’s own application processes. Please indicate that you have done this in your application.