Climate Change and Adaptive Innovation: A Model for Social Work Practice, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Climate Change and Adaptive Innovation

A Model for Social Work Practice, 1st Edition

By Sunil D. Santha


208 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367195557
pub: 2020-04-01
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The world is witnessing climate change. As responsible citizens of planet earth, we can actively participate in the co-creation of actionable knowledge and solutions. There may not be a single and linear pathway to adaptation anymore. This book explores multiple and iterative pathways of adapting to climate change and its impacts.

Climate Change and Adaptive Innovation introduces an adaptive innovation model that has its premise on core values of justice, care and solidarity. Navigating collectively through shared conversations and dialogic processes, this model showcases how we could embark on an enduring journey where diverse actors could collaboratively make informed choices and take necessary actions to enhance the safety and security of their lived environment. Rooted in action research, it is envisaged that this model could enable us to facilitate the designing and implementation of people-centred ethical adaptation projects.

This book will be of interest to social workers, social scientists, and development practitioners who are engaged in the field of climate justice, adaptation, social innovation, and sustainable livelihoods. Social work educators and students will certainly draw inspiration from the stories that are shared in this book. It will further motivate many transdisciplinary professionals to engage with action research as a method of innovation, reflection and practice

Table of Contents

List of figures

Stories from the Field


List of abbreviations

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Locating Climate Change Adaptation

Chapter 3. The Landscape of Adaptive Innovation

Chapter 4. Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change

Chapter 5. Adaptive Innovation Phases

Chapter 6. Methods of Inquiry and Practice

Chapter 7. Actor Interface Analysis and Reflective Practice

Chapter 8. Concluding Reflections



About the Author

Sunil Santha is presently working at the Centre for Livelihoods and Social Innovation, School of Social Work, TISS, India. He has associated with natural resource dependent communities for several years. As an expert in Environmental Social Work, supplemented by his interests in Sociology of Knowledge and Systems Thinking, he has keen interests in the field of environmental risks, climate justice, and sustainable development. He believes in action research and reflective practice as creative pathways to design participatory models of social innovation and emergent livelihoods.

About the Series

Indigenous and Environmental Social Work

Sustainability is the social justice issue of the century. This series adopts a global and interdisciplinary approach to explore the impact of the harmful relationship between humans and the environment in relation to social work practice and theory.

It will offer cutting-edge analysis, pioneering case studies and current theoretical perspectives concerning the examination and treatment of social justice issues created by a disregard for non-Western cultures and environmental detachment. The books will examine a broad range of subjects, from indigenous social work practice, to applications of green social work, to the social worker’s response to natural disasters, all connected by a commitment to indigenous and environmentally relevant social work. They will show an engagement with disciplines such as sociology, law, science and technology, religion and spirituality, critical studies, public policy, crisis management and political policy, and in doing so encourage a transdisciplinary conversation with the aim of promoting practical action.

This series contains books invaluable to students, researchers and practitioners in a world where environmental exploitation and an ignorance of indigenous peoples is violating the principles of social justice. Key theoretical, methodology and services issues and challenges in indigenous and environmental social work are reviewed, as are the ways in which adaptation can lead to more effective practices.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries