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dc.contributor.authorNursey-Bray, M.en
dc.identifier.citationLocal Environment, 2017; 22(2):156-171en
dc.descriptionPublished online: 27 May 2016en
dc.description.abstractConflict is an important factor in ongoing climate change debates and its role in management is under increasing scrutiny. In this paper, I present the results of an advanced discourse analysis that analyses trends in the relationship between conflict and climate change. I present two primary discourses dominate discussion: (i) climate as a security risk and (ii) climate as one of many factors affecting power relations that may lead to conflict. Both narratives implicitly or explicitly discuss climate conflict as a cause-outcome relationship, and further primarily construct conflict and climate change within normative frames. Yet, conflict has transformative potential and can be incorporated into management in ways that harness its capacity to drive innovation and lead to more robust and just adaptive governance. I argue for a shift in the discursive frame from a cause– outcome-oriented approach to a process-driven approach, one that treats conflict as an integral part of adaptive governance processes, thus being more just and equitable. Such a shift in focus can lead to positive on ground climate adaptation outcomes, in ways that respect rather than are counter-intuitive to dominant political and societal imbalances and institutional structures.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityMelissa Nursey-Brayen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)en
dc.rights© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Groupen
dc.subjectClimate change; adaptive governance; conflict; social justiceen
dc.titleTowards socially just adaptive climate governance: the transformative potential of conflicten
dc.typeJournal articleen
pubs.library.collectionGeography, Environment and Population publicationsen
dc.identifier.orcidNursey-Bray, M. [0000-0002-4121-5177]en
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