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Size does matter: City scale and the asymmetries of climate change adaptation in three coastal towns

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Paterson, Shona K. ; Felling, Mark ; Nunes, Luci Hidalgo ; Moreira, Fabiano de Araujo ; Guida, Kristen ; Marengo, Jose Antonio
Total Authors: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: GEOFORUM; v. 81, p. 109-119, MAY 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 9

Globally, it is smaller urban settlements that are growing most rapidly, are most constrained in terms of adaptive capacity but increasingly looked to for delivering local urban resilience. Data from three smaller coastal cities and their wider regional governance systems in Florida, US; West Sussex, UK and Sao Paulo, Brazil are used to compare the influence of scale and sector on city adaptive capacity. These tensions are described through the lens of the Adaptive Capacity Index (ACI) approach. The ACI is built from structuration theory and presents an alternative to social-ecological systems framing of analysis on adaptation. Structuration articulates the interaction of agency and structure and the intervening role played by institutions on information flow, in shaping adaptive capacity and outcomes. The ACI approach reveals inequalities in adaptive capacity to be greater across scale than across government, private and civil society sector capacity in each study area. This has implications for adaptation research both by reinforcing the importance of scale and demonstrating the utility of structuration theory as a framework for understanding the social dynamics underpinning adaptive capacity; and policy relevance, in particular considering the redistribution of decision-making power across scale and/or compensatory mechanisms, especially for lower scale actors, who increasingly carry the costs for enacting resilience planning in cities. (C) 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/51876-0 - An integrated framework to analyze local decision-making and adaptive capacity to large-scale environmental change: community case studies in Brazil, the UK and the US
Grantee:Jose Antonio Marengo Orsini
Support Opportunities: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 14/14598-8 - Linking research and decision making: climate change and adaptive capacity in the city of Santos
Grantee:Fabiano de Araujo Moreira
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate