The Role of Risk Perceptions in Climate Change Communication: A Media Analysis of the UK Winter Floods 2015/2016

Book Chapter by Viktoria Cologna, Rosalind Bark, Jouni Paavola on 20 Jan 2018

In the winter 2015/2016 a series of storms resulted in widespread flooding in northern England, damaging hundreds of properties, disrupting transport and exposing public contempt of flood risk management. The flooding was widely covered in the media. This chapter develops a methodological framework to conceptualise factors influencing risk perception related to flood events and discusses […]

Trends in climate change legislation

Book by Michal Nachmany, Sam Fankhauser, Alina Averchenkova, Mook Bangalore, Alex Bowen, Abbie Clare, Caterina Gennaioli, Fergus Green, Sini Matikainen, Isabella Neuweg, Joana Setzer on 1 Jan 2018

A deepening understanding of the importance of climate change has caused a recent and rapid increase in the number of climate change or climate-related laws. Trends in Climate Change Legislation offers an astute analysis of the political, institutional and economic factors that have motivated this surge, placing it into context. By focusing the analysis on […]

The European Union in International Climate Change Negotiations

Book by Stavros Afionis on 23 Jan 2017

The EU has been portrayed as a leader in international climate change negotiations. Its role in the development of the climate change regime, as well as the adoption of novel policy instruments such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme in 2005, are frequently put forward as indicative of a determination to push the international climate […]

Land degradation, desertification and climate change: Anticipating, assessing and adapting to future change

Book by Mark Reed, Lindsay Stringer on 26 Apr 2016

Although much is known about the processes and effects of land degradation and climate change, little is understood about the links between them. Less still is known about how these processes are likely to interact in different social-ecological systems around the world, or how societies might be able to adapt to this twin challenge. This […]

Realising the ‘triple dividend of resilience’ – A new business case for disaster risk management

Book by Swenja Surminski on 1 Mar 2016

This book develops a new business case for investment based on the multiple dividends of resilience. This looks beyond only avoided losses (the first dividend) to the wider benefits gained independently of whether or not the disaster event occurs. These include unleashing entrepreneurial activities and productive investments by lowering the looming threat of losses from […]

Environment and sustainability

Book, Research article by Jouni Paavola on 29 May 2015

Many central concerns of social economics, such as embeddedness, plural values and social justice, are highly pertinent to environment and sustainability. Somewhat paradoxically, there has been relatively little research on environment and sustainability in the core social-economics research community. But this is not to say that social-economics research on the environment and sustainability does not […]