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

Atkinson, Rob; Dörfler, Thomas; Hasanov, Mustafa; Rothfuß, Eberhard; Smith, Ian

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Thomas Dörfler

Mustafa Hasanov

Eberhard Rothfuß

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Ian Smith Ian5.Smith@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Economics



Abstract

Copyright © 2017 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. 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.

Citation

Atkinson, R., Dörfler, T., Hasanov, M., Rothfuß, E., & Smith, I. (2017). Making the case for self-organisation: Understanding how communities make sense of sustainability and climate change through collective action. International Journal of Sustainable Society, 9(3), 193-209. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJSSOC.2017.088300

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 12, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 1, 2017
Publication Date Dec 1, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 14, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jun 2, 2018
Journal International Journal of Sustainable Society
Print ISSN 1756-2538
Electronic ISSN 1756-2546
Publisher Inderscience
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 3
Pages 193-209
DOI https://doi.org/10.1504/IJSSOC.2017.088300
Keywords self-organisation, climate change, sustainability, collective action, communities
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/881935
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1504/IJSSOC.2017.088300

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