International Scientific Conference: Human Geographies of Climate Change Adaptation

May 15, 2024- May 17, 2024


Bergen, Norway

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William Lewis
May 6, 2024

The IMAGINE Adaptation team will be presenting some of our ongoing work linked to the project. Themes of discussion include imaginaries and visioning exercises. Successful adaptation and everyday adaptation, particularly in reference to limits of adaptation. Additionally, members of the team will discuss monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and learning for adaptation.

  • Marta Olazabal – Indicators and metrics to evaluate urban adaptation: a systematic review
  • Sean Goodwin – Beyond hazards: a relational paradigm shift in urban climate adaptation through nature-based solutions
  • Cecilia Alda-Vidal – What is in for everyday adaptation? A review of schools of thought, documented practices and potential for driving transformative adaptation
  • Ana Terra Amorim-Maia – Adaptation success and limits: insights from 50 leading experts and implications for research and practice
  • William Lewis – What are urban adaptation imaginaries and how can they be used as a methodology for just adaptation?

Scientific committee members

  • Jon Barnett (University of Melbourne)
  • James Ford (University of Leeds)
  • Lisa Schipper (University of Bonn)
  • Gina Ziervogel (University of Cape Town)

Keynote speakers

  • Neil Adger (University of Exeter)
  • Marina Baldissera Pacchetti (University College London and Barcelona Supercomputing Center)

Conference themes

  • Theme #1 — Adaptation in the Arctic: lessons that can be learned from the Arctic in terms of how rapid climate change is experienced and responded to, with insights on, for example, maladaptation, climate justice and adaptation processes.
  • Theme #2 — Adaptation limits: are we pursuing the pointless?
  • Theme #3 — Political economies of adaptation: insights on power and justice.
  • Theme #4 — Methodologies for just adaptation: approaches to (i) studying and understanding adaptation; (ii) combining multiples sources of knowledge, namely Indigenous, practitioners, scientific and local; and (iii) engaging communities and decision makers.
  • Theme #5 — Adaptation metrics and assessments: approaches to (i) shaping up the adaptation metrics dialogue, to avoid a reductionist quantitative exercise; and (ii) synthesising the rapidly expanding adaptation knowledge base and creating usable science, to inform decision making processes, the global stocktake, and IPCC and other assessments, for example through machine learning and artificial intelligence, systematic reviews, and meta-syntheses.
  • Theme #6 — Adaptation practice: insights on (i) social innovation; (ii) cross-scalar measures that transcend governance levels and North-South divides; and (iii) alternatives to the anthropocentrism inherent to current adaptation policy.
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