Governing is a purposive activity, but precisely which problems does it seek to address? “Problems” are not simply “out there” waiting to be tackled. On the contrary, actors often engage in struggles to present (or “frame”) particular phenomena into problems that suit their pre-existing political interests or policy competences. One of the most difficult choices confronting governors relates to which problem (or problems – given that they seldom emerge one at a time) to address amongst all those that concern the public (Dror 1971), how to define it and, following on from that, govern it. Having made that choice, other choices quickly loom into view. Decision makers often find themselves drawn to particular problems (or problem framings) because they appear to fit with the way in which they are confronting other problems. This in turn raises yet more issues. For example, who is deemed responsible for the emergence of this particular problem? Have they deliberately caused it or was it an unforeseen outcome of their otherwise legitimate activities? Conceptual papers about the way climate change adaptation issues are framed, and empirical analysis of the way in which governors and societal actors perceive and “frame” adaptation are welcome.
Papers per session
22 March 13:30-15:15 session
- Which framing of adaptation is adequate? J. Hinkel, A. Bisaro, Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany - Presentation
- Interactive framing as the interplay between puzzling and powering over climate adaptation governance; theoretical considerations. M.J. Vink, A.R.P.J. Dewulf, C.J.A.M. Termeer. Wageningen University, Netherlands – Presentation
- Adapting to extreme weather events: perspectives of social actors. E. Vasileiadou, C. Betgen, I. de Hoog, W. Hazelegger, E. Min, M. Hisschemöller, A. Petersen. Institute for Environmental Studies – VU Amsterdam, Netherlands - Presentation
22 March 13:30-15:15 session
- The canonization of climate change adaptation: Can adaptation be considered a policy field? E. Massey, Institute for Environmental Studies – VU Amsterdam, Netherlands – Presentation
- The social construction of climate adaptation governance: cultural differences in European coastal areas. T. Heimann, N. Mahlkow – Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning, Germany - Presentation
- Innovations in adaptive water governance: the importance of time. J. Eshuis, A. van Buuren Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands - Presentation
22 March 15:30-17:15 session
- The challenge of framing adaptation policies: influence of policy desing on implementation feasibility. J. Dupuis, P. Knoepfel, Swiss graduate school of public administration, Switzerland - Presentation
- Turning points in climate change adaptation. S. Werners, E. van Slobbe, S. Pfenninger, Wageningen University, Netherlands - Presentation
- Social-scientific scenarios for discussing climate change adaptation governance at a regional level. S. Baasch, University of Kassel, Germany - Presentation
23 March 09:00-10:45 session
- How the Second Delta Committee Set the Agenda for Climate Adaptation Policy: A Dutch Case Study on Framing Strategies for Policy Change. S.H. Verduijn, S. Meijerink, P. Leroy, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands - Presentation
- Introducing indirect effects of climate change on the adaptation agenda – responding to overseas climate change, O. Wallgren, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden - Presentation
- Risk, responsibility and relevance: Contextually framing adaptation governance for the mining sector and other stakeholders K. Moffat, A. M. Dowd, B. Loechel, J. Hodgkinson, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia - Presentation
23 March 11:00-12:45 session
- In search of a robust strategy for governing climate change adaptaton. D. A. Mazmanian, J. Jurewitz, H. T. Nelson, University of Southern California, USA
- Ecosystem Management in the Face of Uncertainty: Organizational Problem-Solving Performances of German State Forest Administrations Concerning Climate Change Adaptation Measures. F. Faber, R. von Detten, Institute of Forestry Economics, University of Freiburg, Germany.
- What is the Truth about ‘Uncertainty’? Proposal for a more sophisticated use of the concept of ‘uncertainty’. M. Gottschick, University of Hamburg, FSP BIOGUM, Germany
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