Linking Climate Change and Adaptive Capacity: The Role of Values and Institutions. Ralph Matthews, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, The University of British Columbia. OUTLINE. Focus on ‘what one should consider’ when examining the social aspects of climate change
Ralph Matthews, Ph.D.,
Professor of Sociology,
The University of British Columbia
DO THIS IN CONTEXT OF SOME CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS ON ENVRIONMENTAL CHANGE THAT I AM DIRECTING.
SUM: All aspects of climate change require social, and more specifically, sociological analysis.
Much of the existing sociological research
for obtaining knowledge or to seek assistance.
These are ‘individual level’ studies, rather than societal level studies.
Example: Is the Coast Clear? (The C-5 Study)
Need to assess the ‘ADAPTIVE CAPACITY’ of communities, organizations, or governments to PREPARE FOR AND RESPOND effectively to climate change.
We argue that ‘institutional processes are critical to determining both the ‘capacity’ of any social unit, AND whether its regulatory processes operate effectively.
Many others have made similar arguments, for example:
Bruntland Report, “Our Common Future” makes a similar point:
However, little has been done to ‘operationalize’ how institutional PROCESSES work in this context.
Institutions traditionally seen as the culture of organizational life - a ‘social glue’.
Co-Management of Climate Change in Coastal BC (The C5 Project)
Funded by Natural Resources Canada
CAVIAR – Community Adaptation and Vulnerability in Arctic Regions
An Assessment of Climate Change and Adaptive Capacity in Aboriginal Communities South of Sixty
Funded by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada $482,000 (First two years)
(Sustainability and Indigenous Communities)
Managing Adaptation to Coastal Environmental Change – Canada and the Caribbean (Trinidad; Guyana; Belize; Grenadines)
(Sustainability in International Context)
FFESC: Climate Change Action Plan for NW Skeena Communities. Dirk Brinkman (PI) for Coast Tsimshian Resources, WWF, Lax Kw’Alaams Funded by the Future Forest Ecosystem Science Council of BC (FFESC –BC)