1st Edition

A Changing Environment for Human Security Transformative Approaches to Research, Policy and Action

Edited By Linda Sygna, Karen O'Brien, Johanna Wolf Copyright 2013
    496 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    496 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Environmental change presents a new context and new opportunities for transformational change. This timely book will inspire new ways of understanding the relationship between environmental change and human security. A Changing Environment for Human Security: Transformative Approaches to Research, Policy and Action both supports and informs a call for new, transformative approaches to research, policy and action. The chapters in this book include critical analyses, case studies and reflections on contemporary environmental and social challenges, with a strong emphasis on those related to climate change. Human thoughts and actions have contributed to an environment of insecurity, manifested as multiple interacting threats that now represent a serious challenge to humanity. Yet humans also have the capacity to collectively transform the economic, political, social and cultural systems and structures that perpetuate human insecurities.

    These fresh perspectives on global environmental change from an interdisciplinary group of international experts will inspire readers – whether students, researchers, policy makers, or practitioners – to think differently about environmental issues and sustainability. The contributions show that in a changing environment, human security is not only a possibility, but a choice.

    1. A Changine Environment for Human Security Karen O'Brien Johanna Wolf and Linda Sygna  Part 1: Reality Check  2. Human Security in the Anthropocene: The Implications of Earth System Analysis Simon Dalby  3. Climate Change and Security Jon Barnett  4. Lines in the shifting sand: The strategic politics of climate change, human security and nation defence Betsy Hartmann  5. Sustainable cities: Urbanization and human security Halvard Buhaug, Henrik Urdal and Gudrun Østby  6. Urban risk and vulnerability: insights and lessons from Latin American cities Patricia Romero Lankao, Mercy Cordova Borbor, Eduardo Behrenz and Laura Dawidowski  7. Uncertainty and insecurity: Lessons on preparing for contingencies in Japan Oscar A. Gomez S.  8. Human security at risk: development impacts of global environmental change in drylands Paul L. Lucas, Marcel T.J. Kok, Henk B.M. Hilderink and Matthias K.B. Lüdeke Part 2: Breakthrough Conditions  9. Social ecological resilience and human security Katrina Brown  10. Double exposure - New opportunities for human security Robin M. Leichenko, Karen L. O’Brien and William D. Solecki  11. National level policies versus local level realities - can the two be reconciled to promote sustainable adaptation? Katharine Vincent, Lars Otto Naess and Marisa Goulden  12. Fisheries, resource management and climate change: Local perspectives of change in coastal communities in Northern Norway Grete K. Hovelsrud, Jennifer West and Halvor Dannevig  13. Stuck in the twilight-zone or moving towards sustainable climate adaptation? Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Coastby Sofie Storbjörk and Johan Hedrén  14. The rights of internally displaced persons in connection with natural hazard-related disasters Vikram Kolmannskog  15. Cities, human security and global environmental change David Simon and Hayley Leck  16. Suburbia on fire: Human security, climate change, and emergency management Jason Flanagan and John Handmer  17. Ethics, Environmental change and human security Roberto P. Guimarães  18. From poverty to prosperity: Addressing growth, equity and ethics in a changing environment Asunción Lera St.Clair and Victoria Lawson  19. UN-REDD and the global discourse on climate change and poverty Desmond McNeill  20. Climate change adaptation: Challenging the mainstream Philip Ireland and Peter Keegan  21. Why the discursive environment matters: the UK Climate Impacts Programme and adaptation to climate change in the UK Elspeth Oppermann  22. The institutionalisation of vulnerable conditions - A new agenda for vulnerability research Christian Kuhlicke  23. Disaster risk and vulnerability reduction Ben Wisner  24. Individual and community empowerment for human security Susanne Moser  25. Community empowerment: opportunities and challenges for Bolivia’s water sector Paola Ramallo and Elena Ostrovskaya  26. Human environmental integration and social power in global environmental change research David Manuel-Navarrete  27. Human environmental integration and social power in global environmental change research David Manuel-Navarrete  28. From carbon footprints to social handprints: The new politics of sustainability Bronwyn Hayward  29. Disaster risk reduction informing climate change adaptation: social capital in Agüita de la Perdiz Paulina Aldunce, Virginia Levín, Alejandro León  30. Social network actors and novel information for adaptive capacity Fiona J.Y. Rotberg  31. Responding sustainably to climate change: the need for a political approach Siri Eriksen  32. Sustainability and cities: Meeting the grand challenge for the 21st Century Peter J. Marcotullio and William Solecki  33.A tetra-transition away from fossil fuels Svein Jarle Horn  34. Uncovering the essence of the climate change adaptation agenda: The policy sciences as a problem-oriented approach Carolina E. Adler and Amanda H. Lynch  35. Changing places: Migration and adaptation to climate change Helen Adams and W. Neil Adger  36. Clumsy solutions to environmental change: Lessons from cultural theory Michael Thompson Part 3: Transformations: Past and Future  37. ‘Clumsy solutions’ and ‘Elegant failures’: Lessons on climate change adaptation from the settlement of the North Atlantic islands Andrew J. Dugmore, Thomas H. McGovern, Richard Streeter, Christian Koch Madsen, Konrad Smiarowski and Christian Keller 38. The Future is Now: Human Security as a Choice Johanna Wolf, Karen O’Brien and Linda Sygna


    Linda Sygna is a Project Leader at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, Norway.

    Karen O'Brien is a Professor of Human Geography at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, Norway.

    Johanna Wolf is an Associate Faculty Member at Royal Roads University, Canada, and Visiting Fellow at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, UK.