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Name of academic: Dr. Blanche Verlie
Main course information: As climate change proceeds, we need to think critically about how we are, and should be, responding. In this course students gain integrated, critical knowledge of climate change responses in theory and practice. Looking at responses from the individual to institutional to international level, students explore the social, cultural, political and psychological aspects of such responses and the practical challenges they pose. Students gain a sophisticated understanding of how responses including adaptation, mitigation, climate-smart development, resilience thinking and carbon sequestration are shaped by existing contexts and demand new capabilities. The course focuses squarely on the “human dimensions” of climate change, including the role of science in policy. Drawing on case studies from around the world, students are required to consider how climate change is understood and framed differently by diverse groups of people and relates to other pressing challenges such as urbanisation. In particular, students explore the conceptual and practical issues climate change poses to urban dwellers and planners, including the complex issues of vulnerability, adaptive capacity, justice and ethics that incremental and transformational responses generate. Students develop an understanding of the barriers to ideal climate change responses and possible strategies for addressing them.
Year of publication (last updated max 5 years ago): 2019
Topic: Adaptation, Climate Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction, Mitigation
Region Examined: Global (more than one region)
Language: English
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Geographical scale: Multiple Scales
Level of Instruction: Post-graduate
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