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Five community characteristics that increase adaptive capacity in the face of climate change

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Five community characteristics that increase adaptive capacity in the face of climate change

This past week, Professor Allison co-authored a new paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change. 

The paper, led by Josh Cinner, proposes an approach to increasing tropical coastal communities' ability to adapt to climate change through five domains. While governments, development agencies, and civil society have made substantial investments in minimizing the impact of climate change on human well-being, to date, these investments have been targeted towards a narrow understanding of adaptive capacity. 

Below are the five key community characteristics that Professor Allison and co-authors found increase adaptive capacity of communities. Excerpts beside each characteristic are quotes from the authors originally included in a news piece covering the paper in Science Daily:

  1. Access to assets to draw upon in times of need. "These assets can include household wealth or public goods such as health services, but they need to be developed in ways that don't exacerbate existing inequalities";
  2. Flexibility to change. "Having some flexibility can enable people to minimise losses or even take advantage of climate-related change," said Prof. Eddie Allison... "For example, fishers might need to change fishing grounds or target new species."
  3. Knowledge of climate change effects and adaptation options. "People need to learn about new techniques and strategies that can help them cope with changing circumstances," said Prof. Katrina Brown at the University of Exeter, UK.
  4. Strong social relationships. "The formal and informal relationships that people have with each other and their communities can help them deal with change by providing social support and access to both knowledge and resources," said Prof. Cinner.
  5. Empowerment to make choices for themselves. "We also need to ensure that people have the ability to determine what is right for them," said Prof. Brown."

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WorldFish Seeks Director of Social Science Research

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WorldFish Seeks Director of Social Science Research

Read below for the description of the Director of Social Science Research position that WorldFish is currently looking to fill:

WorldFish is seeking a highly motivated and talented individual for the role of Discipline Director, Policy, Economics and Social Science, based in Penang, Malaysia. Reporting to the Research Director, the incumbent will provide leadership and strategic oversight to ensure that our research in this domain tackles the right questions and that we maintain high standards of quality and effectiveness. As a member of the senior leadership team, you will also contribute to center-wide leadership and management. In a rapidly growing organization, the Policy, Economics and Social Science team is currently comprised of over 50 researchers, including 23 PhD-level researchers, distributed in 10 offices in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. Researchers from a broad range of social science-related disciplines lead work in key research areas that include: value chain development, agriculture innovation systems, fish sector modeling and forecasting, impacts of climate change, gender equality and social equity, natural resource governance, human nutrition, technology adoption, M&E and impact assessment. The discipline embraces a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, with a strong commitment to participatory action research and applied policy analysis, to leverage the lessons from our field engagements in ways that contribute to development outcomes at scale. 

 

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