Transformational responses to climate change: Beyond a systems perspective of social change in mitigation and adaptation

Research article by Jouni Paavola, Andy Gouldson, James Van Alstine on 24 Feb 2016

There is a growing imperative for responses to climate change to go beyond incremental adjustments, aiming instead for society-wide transformation. In this context, socio-technical (ST) transitions and social-ecological (SE) resilience are two prominent normative agendas. Reviewing these literatures reveals how both share a complex-systems epistemology with inherent limitations, often producing managerial governance recommendations and foregrounding […]

Understanding the Case for Low-Carbon Investment through Bottom-up Assessments of City-Scale Opportunities

Research article by Andrew Sudmant, Andy Gouldson, Sarah Colenbrander, N. Kerr on 23 Feb 2016

A growing body of literature suggests that an economic case may exist for investment in large-scale climate change mitigation. At the same time, however, investment is persistently falling well short of the levels required to prevent dangerous climate change, suggesting that economically attractive mitigation opportunities are being missed. To understand whether and where these opportunities […]

Identification of “carbon hot-spots” and quantification of GHG intensities in the biodiesel supply chain using hybrid LCA and structural path analysis

Research article by Adolf Acquaye, Thomas Wiedmann, John Barrett, J. Kuylenstierna, Simon McQueen-Mason on 18 Feb 2016

It is expected that biodiesel production in the EU will remain the dominant contributor as part of a 10% minimum binding target for biofuel in transportation fuel by 2020 within the 20% renewable energy target in the overall EU energy mix. Life cycle assessments (LCA) of biodiesel to evaluate its environmental impacts have, however, remained […]

Heterogeneous intergenerational altruism

Working paper by Antony Millner on 17 Feb 2016

Agents exhibit pure intergenerational altruism if they care not just about the consumption utility experienced by future generations, but about their total wellbeing. If all generations are altruistic, each generation’s … read more »

Exploring power and procedural justice within Climate-Compatible Development project design: whose priorities are being considered?

Working paper by Ben Wood, Andy Dougill, Claire Quinn, Lindsay Stringer on 11 Feb 2016

Climate-Compatible Development (CCD) is gaining traction as a conceptual framework for mainstreaming climate change mitigation and adaptation within development efforts. Understanding whether and how CCD design processes reconcile the preferences of different stakeholders operating across global, national and local scales is important for revealing: how the concept contends with patterns of socio-cultural and political oppression […]

Perspectives on contextual vulnerability in discourses of climate conflict

Research article by Uche Okpara, Lindsay Stringer, Andy Dougill on 8 Feb 2016

The science of climate security and conflict is replete with controversies. Yet the increasing vulnerability of politically fragile countries to the security consequences of climate change is widely acknowledged. Although climate conflict reflects a continuum of conditional forces that coalesce around the notion of vulnerability, how different portrayals of vulnerability influence the discursive formation of […]