Int. J. of Sustainable Society   »   2017 Vol.9, No.3

 

 

Title: Making the case for self-organisation: understanding how communities make sense of sustainability and climate change through collective action

 

Authors: Rob Atkinson; Thomas Dörfler; Mustafa Hasanov; Eberhard Rothfuß; Ian Smith

 

Addresses:
Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
Department of Geography, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
Department of Planning, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Department of Geography, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

 

Abstract: Understanding how community groups take on the challenge of climate change is key to understanding the capacity of society as a whole to adapt in the face of climate change in ways that acknowledge a broader need for a sustainable societal transition. In order to show this it is important to identify what distinguishes self-organised responses to the climate change challenge from other responses. Through critically evaluating the existing literature on self-organisation and on locally based responses to climate change, the paper clarifies what we mean by self-organised response and then demonstrates how the concept would enhance the scope of research about local-level responses to enhance societal sustainability. Furthermore, the article presents an agenda for identifying self-organised responses to climate change and distinguishing self-organised responses from other forms of 'community-led' response.

 

Keywords: self-organisation; climate change; civil society; sustainability; collective action; communities.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2017.10009301

 

Int. J. of Sustainable Society, 2017 Vol.9, No.3, pp.193 - 209

 

Submission date: 28 Dec 2016
Date of acceptance: 14 Jun 2017
Available online: 22 Nov 2017

 

 

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