Culture & climate change
Centring culture in public engagement on climate change
How do people’s cultural values shape and influence the way they might adapt to the new realities of climate change?
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 and citizen panels to construct a culture-centred framework of engagement on climate change 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.
A particular focus of the project is on identifying risks climate change poses to the tourism sector and how all those involved with tourism can manage risks to the sector. 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.
Project contact: Professor Debashish Munshi, Waikato University
Project budget: $270,600
Project duration: July 2017 – June 2019
This project in the media:
Q&A: What Kiwis think about climate change NZ Herald
Waikato project to help people adapting to climate change Waikato University
Tourism “very vulnerable” to climate change Tourism Ticker
Latest news and updates
2018 may well be the year New Zealand gets serious about adapting to our changing climate. Last year, and the start of this one, gave all of us plenty of opportunities to experience a future in which creeping sea level rise and extreme weather – from drought to flood to surprise storm surges – make day-to-day life more precarious and more expensive.
In October 2017, the Deep South Challenge released a report into the state of the nation’s storm and waste water infrastructure, in the face of a changing climate. The report garnered significant media attention – not surprising given the infrastructure is currently valued at well over $20 billion.
The Deep South Challenge awards funding to investigate climate-resilient, high-value crops for the whānau of Omaio
The whānau of Omaio in the Bay of Plenty have joined forces with NIWA researchers to explore the viability of climate-resilient, high-value crops for the rohe. The group has won a $250,000 research grant under the Vision Mātauranga programme of the Deep South National Science Challenge to better understand Omaio’s changing climate and how it might support the community to create a local economy based around a high-value product like kiwi fruit.