Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 532031
Sist endret: 30. januar 2017 21:36

Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 532031
Sist endret: 30. januar 2017 21:36
Prosjekt

Organizing for resilience. A comparative study on institutional capacity, governance, and climate change adaptation in

prosjektleder

Jørn Holm-Hansen
ved By- og regionforskningsinstituttet NIBR ved OsloMet - storbyuniversitetet

prosjekteier / koordinerende forskningsansvarlig enhet

  • By- og regionforskningsinstituttet NIBR ved OsloMet - storbyuniversitetet

Klassifisering

Vitenskapsdisipliner

Samfunnsgeografi • Statsvitenskap og organisasjonsteori

Emneord

Klimaendring • Kommuner • Klimatilpasning • Polen

Kategorier

Prosjektkategori

  • Anvendt forskning
  • Grunnforskning

Tidsramme

Avsluttet
Start: 30. september 2013 Slutt: 1. april 2017

Beskrivelse Beskrivelse

Tittel

Organizing for resilience. A comparative study on institutional capacity, governance, and climate change adaptation in

Populærvitenskapelig sammendrag

POLCITCLIM investigates the factors that may influence climate change adaptation capacity  in Poland and Norway. The basis of the project is an ongoing research on local adaptation to climate change in Norway conducted by the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR). Through a replication and expansion of the study in Norway on Polish municipalities we will be able to compare the factors that enable local communities to adapt to future climate changes.

As the consequence of climate change is predicted with ever greater certainty, the necessity of adapting to expected impacts is increasingly acknowledged by decision makers. Since climate change has local variations, much of the adaptation work is presumed to be best handled locally. The research to be conducted in Poland include:

(1) Survey of Polish local governments identifying the level of awareness of challenges related to climate change among local politicians and bureaucrats in Poland. To what extent they treat related challenges as an important issue of local politics? Do they believe that locally handled adaptive activities are actually important for the well-being of local communities?

(2) Four case studies of Polish cities which will focus on attitudes of local politicians and bureaucrats as well as other societal actors (e.g. non-governmental organizations).

Conclusions from the research will be disseminated to local governments and social organizations dealing with the issues of climate change.

Vitenskapelig sammendrag

climate change adaptation in Poland and Norway. The project will be carried out by the University of Warsaw and

Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR). The two institutions have long-standing experience of

joint research, therefore the two teams will be operational from the very start of the project due to prior knowledge of

each other’s profiles. An ongoing NIBR research on local adaptation to climate change in Norway will form the basis

of the project. Through a replication and expansion of the study in Norway on Polish cities we will be able to do a

comparison of the factors that enable local communities to adapt to future climate changes. As the consequence of

climate change is predicted with ever greater certainty, the necessity of adapting to expected impacts is increasingly

acknowledged by decision makers. Since climate change has local variations and the local level has the best knowledge

of local needs, much of the adaptation work is presumed to be best handled locally. The aim of this study is to gain

knowledge of how local communities can better prepare to meet related challenges. Ability to respond to climate

variability and climate change is often referred to as the community’s adaptive capacity, which is associated with

economic and human resources. Studies show that equally important is how adaptation work is organized and

coordinated, ie. the institutional capacity of responding adequately to the challenges. The project will explore the

relationship between the adaptive capacity and the institutional capacity at local level of governance in Poland and Norway. It will develop applicable knowledge on how organizational and institutional structures can contribute to make local communities more resilient to the consequences of climate change (to reduce negative impacts and realize potential benefits of climate change).

Metode

The research project applies the strategy of mixed methods or data triangulation (Yin 1993 a,b). The research questions in the project is answered by a literature-study of policy document and former empirical studies, as well as a comprehensive case-study of the practices in Polish and Norwegian municipalities.

1. Literature study.

2. Survey of Polish local governments. A similar survey was conducted in Norway  and the Polish research will be structured in a similar way in order to allow for direct comparisons of results.

3. Case study. The main data source of the project is qualitative case-studies in four Polish and two Norwegian municipalities.

prosjektdeltakere

prosjektleder

Jørn Holm-Hansen

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektleder
    ved By- og regionforskningsinstituttet NIBR ved OsloMet - storbyuniversitetet

Marte Winsvold

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Institutt for samfunnsforskning
Aktiv cristin-person

Jan Erling Klausen

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Institutt for statsvitenskap ved Universitetet i Oslo

Gro Hanssen

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved By- og regionforskningsinstituttet NIBR ved OsloMet - storbyuniversitetet
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