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Policy design, spatial planning and climate change adaptation: a case study from Australia


McIntosh, A and Foerster, AC and McDonald, J, Policy design, spatial planning and climate change adaptation: a case study from Australia, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 58, (8) pp. 1432-1453. ISSN 0964-0568 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 University of Newcastle upon Tyne

DOI: doi:10.1080/09640568.2014.930706


There are gaps in the existing climate change adaptation literature concerning the design of spatial planning instruments and the relationship between policy instruments and the sociopolitical barriers to adaptation reform. To help address this gap, this article presents a typology of spatial planning instruments for adaptation and analyses the pattern of instrument choice in Australian planning processes in order to shed light on contextual factors that can impede adaptation. The analysis highlights how policy design can amplify the barriers to adaptation by arranging policy actors in ways inimical to reform and stripping decision makers of the instruments necessary to make and sustain desired policy changes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change adaptation; spatial planning; policy design; barriers to adaptation
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Foerster, AC (Dr Anita Foerster)
UTAS Author:McDonald, J (Professor Jan McDonald)
ID Code:92993
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2014-07-03
Last Modified:2017-10-30

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