1st Edition

Climate Change and Risk in South and Southeast Asia Sociopolitical Perspectives

Edited By Devendraraj Madhanagopal, Salim Momtaz Copyright 2023
    342 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    342 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book, focuses on South and Southeast Asia, upgrades our understanding of the influence of multiple sociopolitical and governance factors on climate change and risks. Moving beyond science and technology-oriented discussions on climate change, it argues that the real solutions to climate change problems lie in societies, governance systems, non-state actors, and the power and politics underpinning these systems.

    It presents a range of detailed conceptual, empirical, and policy-oriented insights from different nations of South and Southeast Asia, including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, Maldives, and Bhutan. The chapters bring forth critical discussions of climate change, covering a diverse range of topics including livelihoods, gender, community perspectives, relocation, resilience, local politics, climate change communication, governance, and policy responses. By investigating climate change vulnerabilities and as well as offering feasible solutions to the states and other non-state actors in responding to climate change and risks, this book deepens our existing knowledge of the social and political dimensions of climate change.

    With interdisciplinary perspectives, this book will appeal to all students, researchers, and scholars of environmental studies, geography, disaster studies, sociology, policy studies, development studies, and political science. It provides valuable reading to practitioners, policymakers, and professionals working in related fields.

    1. The social and political dimensions of climate change: Focus on South and Southeast Asia
    2. Devendraraj Madhanagopal & Salim Momtaz

      Part I: The multiple challenges of climate change and risks

    3. "Those who makes an enemy of the earth makes an enemy of themselves": Climate Change and Human Activities from a South and Southeast Asian Perspective
    4. Janaka Jayawickrama

    5. Post-cyclone Livelihood Strategies and Security Status of Coastal Households in Bangladesh: An Empirical Study
    6. Shitangsu Kumar Paul & Jayant K. Routray

    7. Community Perceptions of Climate Change Governance Practices: A Case Study of Hatiya Subdistrict, Bangladesh
    8. Md. Faruk Hossain, Salim Momtaz & Anita Chalmers

    9. Gender, Climate Justice, and (Un)Sustainable Development in Indonesia
    10. Ann R. Tickamyer & Siti Kusujiarti

      Part II: Responding to climate change: Sociopolitical underpinnings of multiple actors and institutions

    11. The resilience of Fisheries Households to Climate Shock in Tam Giang – Cau Hai lagoon, Vietnam
    12. Ha Dung Hoang, Salim Momtaz, Maria Schreider, Chung Van Nguyen & Tien Dung Nguyen

    13. Relocation as a climate change risk-reduction strategy: Socio-political insights from Sri Lanka
    14. Cynthia M. Caron

    15. Does local politics have relevance to the local climate action programs in India and Bangladesh? Review and Discussion
    16. Devendraraj Madhanagopal, Mohammed Moniruzzaman Khan & Farhana Zaman

    17. Communication tools to tackle cascading effects of climate change: Evidence from Eastern Bihar, India
    18. Alankrita Anand & Eila Romo-Murphy

    19. Climate Change Communication in Kolkata: Applying Communication Theories to Address Climate Change Displacement
    20. Lisha Samuel & Randall S. Abate

      Part III: Power and Politics of climate change: Focusing on strategies and policies

    21. Climate Change and the Government Conundrum in Bhutan
    22. Johannes Dragsbaek Schmidt

    23. Localized policy responses for climate change and developmental complications: Discussions from three coastal regions of India
    24. Devendraraj Madhanagopal, Lisha Samuel & Kasturi Gandhi

    25. A "Coral State." Socio-political implications of the reefs’ crises in the Maldives
    26. Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg & Stefano Malatesta

    27. Polycentricity is a framework for understanding India’s climate policy

             Derek Kauneckis & Juhi Huda


    Devendraraj Madhanagopal (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor (II) in the School of Sustainability at XIM University (Odisha, India). He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Mumbai, India). He is the recipient of several international travel grants and fellowships. His works appear in Environment, Development and Sustainability and Metropolitics journals. He is the corresponding editor of the following edited books: Environmental, Climate, and Social Justice: Perspectives and Practices from the Global South (2022) and Social Work and Climate Justice: International Perspectives (forthcoming, Routledge).

    Salim Momtaz (Ph.D.) is an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He teaches in the area of Sustainable Resource Management. He received his BSc and MSc degrees in Geography from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He did a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of London under a Commonwealth Scholarship. His academic careers spans over 35 years. He published 13 books, 8 book chapters, and many articles in international journals. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Netherlands Government Research Organization, between 2007 and 2010; currently, he is serving the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) as an Expert Evaluator.

    "The multiple impacts of climate change  from more intense and frequent hurricanes to droughts and changing migration patterns are all too obvious to our world. This book, focused on South and Southeast Asia, examines the risks from our warming planet along with the various factors that shape political, technical, and social responses to these threats. Using a variety of methods and drawing from many disciplines, this book illuminates the disproportionate effect of climate change on vulnerable populations and how socio-political frameworks influence decision making on government response to the threat. An important addition to the growing body of literature on this critical topic."

    Daniel Aldrich, Author of Building Resilience and Black Wave (Director, Security and Resilience Studies Program; Professor, Political Science and Public Policy, Northeastern University, Boston, USA)

    "This volume seeks to invoke the critical socio-political perspectives within a regional context that help shape the challenges imposed by climate change. Such uncharted consequences will dominate natural and human landscapes and will have key geopolitical implications moving forward. Indeed, the scalar political responses across the regions. It will become crucial to help negotiate responses to such an inexorable challenge and change imposed by changing climatic regimes across South and Southeast Asia. This evidence-based volume will help navigate policies, practices, and responses across nation-states. The balance between developmental imperatives versus carbon neutrality will avoid the much-vaunted tipping point in this discourse."

    Dr. M. Satish Kumar, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

    "This edited volume focuses exactly on what is needed to understand the impacts of climate change in South and Southeast Asia – power and politics. This provocative and well-grounded text explains how vulnerable communities and nations will respond in the coming decades to forced relocation, ecosystem change, and political upheaval. It goes beyond explaining the impacts to explore practical solutions, including communication."

    Patrick Christie, Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

    "This book is a timely and welcome contribution to the existing and fast expanding body of literature on the human and non-technical dimension of climate change. The focus falls on the challenges of and responses to climate change in the most populated region of the world, casting the spotlight on burning issues such as vulnerability, livelihoods, gender, risk, and politics in the Asian region. Contributions by a multiplicity of Asian scholars and other authors familiar with the dynamics of the region ensure that the experiences and observations of insiders are voiced. The 14 chapters make for insightful reading for anyone interested in and concerned about the inseparable interaction between climate change and human dynamics, as well as the growing complexities unleashed by this relationship."

    André Pelser, Ph.D., Professor & Research Fellow: Sociology, Faculty: The Humanities, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

    "A critical read for those interested in hearing about the experiences of climate change in South and Southeast Asia from scholars with deep knowledge of the place."

    Divya Chandrasekhar, Ph.D., Associate Professor & PhD Program Coordinator, City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA