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RISKSEC 2.0

Local climate change adaptation: from risk governance to securitisation strategies?

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RISKSEC 2.0
Project manager

Claudia Morsut

PhD students

1

Research partners

NORCE, Stockholm University, Stockholm Environment Institute, University of Utrecht

External financing

Research Council of Norway, SAMRISK programme: 12 million NOK, project number 302599

Duration

October 2020 till September 2024

About the project

International and national policies include initiatives and plans to promote climate change adaptation, which is the reduction of risks posed by climatic change impacts. Several of these policies are typical top-down, as, for instance, those promoted by the United Nations. However, climate change impacts are manifested locally and adaptation actions need to be taken at local level with benefits for local communities. Without a proper understanding of the characteristics of local governance and society, climate change adaptation is doomed to fail, with consequent economic, environmental and human costs. Using the literatures on risk governance and securitisation, this project uncovers how climate change adaptation can be framed through risk governance thinking, with a focus on accInternational and national policies include initiatives and plans to promote climate change adaptation, which is the reduction of risks posed by climatic change impacts. Several of these policies are typical top-down, as, for instance, those promoted by the United Nations. However, climate change impacts are manifested locally and adaptation actions need to be taken at local level with benefits for local communities. Without a proper understanding of the characteristics of local governance and society, climate change adaptation is doomed to fail, with consequent economic, environmental and human costs. Using the literatures on risk governance and securitisation, this project uncovers how climate change adaptation can be framed through risk governance thinking, with a focus on accommodating everyday risks, or through securitisation dynamics, by which extraordinary measures and particular actors are required. While the securitisation of climate change is well-documented at national and international levels, the way securitisation affects local level governance and adaptation is much less known. The project will reveal opportunities for complementary between international, national and local adaptation efforts, by pinpointing positive (shared understandings and coherent action) and negative (conflicting perspectives and local disempowerment) dynamics. Knowledge-based policy results will inform more effective risk decision making at all levels of governance and will offer a nuanced picture of what kinds of transformational changes in climate change adaptation are most suitable for local communities.

Who are we at UiS?

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Department of Safety, Economics and Planning
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Department of Safety, Economics and Planning
Professor
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Department of Safety, Economics and Planning
Professor
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Department of Safety, Economics and Planning
Professor
Faculty of Science and Technology



Department of Safety, Economics and Planning
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Faculty of Science and Technology



Department of Safety, Economics and Planning
Førsteamanuensis
Faculty of Science and Technology



Department of Safety, Economics and Planning
Førsteamanuensis
Faculty of Science and Technology



Department of Safety, Economics and Planning
Professor
Stavanger
Faculty of Science and Technology



Department of Safety, Economics and Planning
Stipendiat

Partners

Virtual kick-off meeting

The project RISKSEC2.0 was officially launched on 1 and 2 October 2020 via the virtual kick-off meeting.

Despite of the impossibility to meet physically, the meeting was successful and raised the interest of the so-called stakeholder group, which was as well invited to follow the work of the research team. This group consists of the following stakeholders: Norwegian Environment Agency, County Governor of Rogaland, Rogaland county municipality, Eigersund municipality, Stavanger municipality, Itineris Safety and Health the Netherlands and Region South-Holland South the Netherlands.

The Advisory Board as well followed the two-days meeting offering input and comments. RISKSEC2.0 Advisory Board consist of

  • Ortwin Renn, IASS Potsdam, Germany
  • Thomas Diez, University Tubingen, Germany
  • Sanneke Kuipers, Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • Gabriele Landucci, Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • Harald Nils Røstvik, University of Stavanger, Norway