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? Rather than taking a reactive approach to climate-induced events, this research – which focusses particularly on the tourism sector – involves the design of effective and proactive risk management strategies to adapt to 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.
Call-out to tourism business owners and workers to participate in a Citizen Panel
On Friday November 9, we are organising a citizen panel, bringing together climate scientists, social scientists and policy makers, along with those at the frontlines of the tourism industry. Together, we will be crafting an action plan for climate change adaptation in the tourism sector. Check the event flyer here:
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