Our research program is broadly to understand and inform the social process of climate change adaptation. In our work adaptation to climate change is a social process through which individuals, organizations, communities and other forms of social organization proactively act in ways that make them more resilient and prepared, less vulnerable, and possibly even able to prosper from the changing climate. Largely using social science methods and theoretical framing, we seek to understand how far along government agencies and other organizations are in preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change and what may be hindering progress. In terms of informing policy, we are synthesizing practitioners’ experiences, lessons learned, and others perspectives that can provide insight to help with adaptation-relevant policy-making.
Our current focus is on water and air quality management in California, and findings from these studies can be applicable to other fields of management and in other places beyond California. Our publications will be posted here as they become available.
We are grateful for the support from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute (through California Natural Resources Agency) for financial support of this research.