Shadow spaces for social learning: a relational understanding of adaptive capacity to climate change within organisations


Pelling, Mark, High, Chris, Dearing, John and Smith, Denis (2007) Shadow spaces for social learning: a relational understanding of adaptive capacity to climate change within organisations Environment and Planning A, 40, (4), pp. 867-884. (doi:10.1068/a39148).

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Recent UK government policy on climate change, and wider policy movement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, emphasise the building of adaptive capacity. But what are the institutional constraints that shape capacity to build adaptive organisa- tions? The authors synthesise theory from social learning and institutional aspects of multilevel environmental governance to help unpack the patterns of individual and collective action within organisations that can enhance or restrict organisational adaptive capacity in the face of abrupt climate change. Theoretical synthesis is grounded by empirical work with a local dairy farmers group and two supporting public sector bodies that are both local actors in their own rights and which also shape the operating environment for other local actors (the Environment Agency and the Welsh Assembly and Assembly-sponsored public bodies). Providing space within and between local organi- sations for individuals to develop private as well as officially sanctioned social relationships is supported as a pathway to enable social learning. It is also a resource for adaptation that requires little financial investment but does call for a rethinking of the personal skills and working routines that are incentivised within organisations.

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1068/a39148
ISSNs: 0308-518X (print)
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Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:43
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55708

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