The social and scientific values that shape national climate scenarios: a comparison of the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK

Research article by Suraje Dessai on 26 Apr 2017

This paper seeks to understand why climate information is produced differently from country to country. To do this, we critically examined and compared the social and scientific values that shaped the production of three national climate scenarios in the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK. A comparative analysis of documentary materials and expert interviews linked to […]

The role of intermediaries in low carbon transitions – Empowering innovations to unlock district heating in the UK

Research article by Ruth Bush, Frin Bale, Andy Gouldson, Peter Taylor, William Gale on 23 Apr 2017

The literature on socio-technical transitions considers how technological innovations can be established within the context of an incumbent regime that is often resistant or inflexible to change. Strategic niche management is an approach to catalysing a transition to a new regime using protected ‘niche’ spaces to enable development and experimentation with an innovation. Intermediary actors […]

The livelihood impacts of the Equitable Payments for Watershed Services (EPWS) Program in Morogoro, Tanzania

Research article by Emmanuel Kwayu, Jouni Paavola, Susannah Mary Sallu on 23 Apr 2017

Research on PES programs in agro-ecosystems is recent and limited in developing countries. The authors use a multi-method, quasi-experimental impact evaluation approach to examine direct and indirect livelihood impacts of the Equitable Payments for Watershed Services (EPWS) program piloted in the Morogoro region in Tanzania. The evaluation is based on a survey of 116 program […]

The Role of Microfinance in Household Livelihood Adaptation in Satkhira District, Southwest Bangladesh

Research article by Adrian Fenton, Jouni Paavola, Anne Tallontire on 23 Apr 2017

There is increasing interest in the potential of microfinance to foster climate change adaptation. However, existing literature over-relies upon theoretical arguments rather than empirical evidence, and until now the emphasis has been on potential positive linkages. We address these weaknesses by empirically examining the role of microfinance in adaptation, drawing from household-level quantitative and qualitative […]