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Christine Wamsler

Christine Wamsler

Professor

Christine Wamsler

Moving beyond short-term coping and adaptation

Author

  • Christine Wamsler
  • Ebba Brink

Summary, in English

Throughout human history, people have coped with, and adapted

to, their environment. This accumulated capacity at local level is increasingly recognized to be critical in improving resilience and transformation. Nevertheless, city dwellers’ coping and adaptive practices are little known, poorly documented and often not taken into account in the work of municipal authorities and aid organizations. Against this background, this study provides a systematic overview

of urban residents’ coping and adaptive practices, presents critical insights into their risk-reducing effects and discusses their role in the development of policies and projects to increase resilience. It shows that coping should not automatically be seen as maladaptive. The success or failure of urban societies in building resilience and moving towards transformation does not necessarily depend on the

effectiveness of individual coping strategies but on the flexibility and inclusiveness of coping/adaptation systems at the individual, household and community level (i.e. the combined set of strategies). Therefore, it is crucial to support the ability of urban communities to negotiate their needs and rights in order to increase the flexibility and inclusiveness of these systems and make them more viable in today’s context.

Department/s

  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Publishing year

2014

Language

English

Pages

86-111

Publication/Series

Environment & Urbanization

Volume

26

Issue

1

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • community-based risk reduction
  • adaptive practice
  • adaptation
  • climate change
  • resilience
  • adaptive capacity
  • coping strategies
  • urban transformation

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1746-0301