eCite Digital Repository

What's the problem in adaptation pathways planning? The potential of a diagnostic problem-structuring approach


Bosomworth, K and Leith, P and Harwood, A and Wallis, PJ, What's the problem in adaptation pathways planning? The potential of a diagnostic problem-structuring approach, Environmental Science and Policy, 76 pp. 23-28. ISSN 1462-9011 (2017) [Refereed Article]

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2017 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2017.06.007


Adaptation Pathways (AP) is receiving increased theoretical and practical interest as an approach to planning for climate change that engages with conditions of uncertainty. Participatory action research with environmental and natural resource management (NRM) planners, revealed that the contested, complex nature of NRM challenges the ready utility of AP planning implied by many other published examples. Findings indicate this is because current AP approaches do not yet engage with contested goals and knowledge, and tend to assume that actions to achieve goals are largely technical and unproblematic. Drawing on these findings, this paper develops an argument for a diagnostic, problem-structuring approach as one way of improving the utility of AP planning in contested, complex problems. We posit this approach could help guide selection of 'fit-for-problem' analysis and planning methods to develop practicable AP plans that support efforts towards transformational adaptation. Issues of engaging with diverse problem frames, scientific contestations, and institutional dimensions of governance remain potentially fruitful research foci in AP planning.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change adaptation, governance, natural resource management, participatory action research, public policy, transformational adaptation
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Land use and environmental planning
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
UTAS Author:Leith, P (Dr Peat Leith)
UTAS Author:Harwood, A (Dr Andrew Harwood)
ID Code:118147
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:54
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-07-05
Last Modified:2018-05-21

Repository Staff Only: item control page