Centring Culture in Public Engagement on Climate Change

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Project Duration: 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2019.

Project Budget: 270,600 (GST excl.)

This combined research and engagement project engages with a diverse range of stakeholders to promote science-based climate adaptation and better prepare businesses and communities to manage risk in the future. The project draws on rigorous public engagement methodologies such as actor-system mapping, citizen panels, and scenario building to construct a culture-centred framework of engagement on climate adaptation. This framework will then guide the design of an innovative toolkit for decision-making on risk management in an uncertain world.

Rather than taking a reactive approach to climate-induced events, this research involves the design of effective and proactive risk management strategies to adapt to climate change.  Such strategies could be deployed by businesses, including primary industries (spanning horticulture and dairy farming) and tourism enterprises, as well as vulnerable communities living in coastal, low-lying, or nature-sensitive habitats. The project also undertakes significant practical engagement by involving businesses and communities in deliberation on the best ways to address the shared challenges they face with climate change.

Contact Principal Investigator

Dept of Management Communication, University of Waikato

Email: debashish.munshi@waikato.ac.nz, Telephone: (07) 838-4450

The team members are Co-PI Professor Priya Kurian, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Waikato and AIs Associate Professor Sandy Morrison, Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies, University of Waikato, and Dr Lyn Kathlene, Spark Policy Institute, Denver, USA.


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