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Inter-Disciplinarity as a Tool for Action on Climate Change: Applying Social Science Methodology to Climate Change Initiatives within Local Government, Australia

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Nursey-Bray, MJ, Inter-Disciplinarity as a Tool for Action on Climate Change: Applying Social Science Methodology to Climate Change Initiatives within Local Government, Australia, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2 pp. 1-14. ISSN 1833-1882 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.18848/1833-1882/CGP/v02i06/52471

Abstract

Climate change is a global problem that affects everyone. Climate change science has established that sea level rise, changes in snow melt regimes, hydrological cycles, fish stock, nutrient and heat flows, and coral bleaching are all effects that will impact on coastal communities. The costs of addressing climate change however are likely to fall disproportionately on local government, industries, communities, and workers. Responding to these changes will require more than good science, but the development of institutional strategies and political solutions that address the social, cultural and economic factors that profoundly influence how a problem of this magnitude can be resolved at local levels. This paper reports on a social science research project into climate change and local governments in Australia. This project applied discourse analysis to investigate the flexibility and capacity of local governments to respond to the effects of climate change predicted by the science. The paper highlights how the use of discourse enables an overview of both scientific and social science information to enable an inter-disciplinary understanding of issues within, and the socio-ecological resilience to, climate change in local government contexts. In turn this gives insights into what the core adaptation solutions might be to forge action on climate change. © Common Ground.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Human Geography
Research Field:Social and Cultural Geography
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified
Author:Nursey-Bray, MJ (Ms Melissa Nursey-Bray)
ID Code:54351
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:NC Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability
Deposited On:2009-02-18
Last Modified:2010-04-09
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