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Type: Journal article
Title: Navigating the roles of the social learning researcher: a critical analysis of a learning approach to guide climate change adaptation
Author: Bardsley, D.
Citation: Australian Geographer, 2015; 46(1):33-50
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 0004-9182
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Douglas K. Bardsley
Abstract: Climate change adaptation is now a core theme of Australian geographical research. Climatic risks to socio-ecosystems are unbounded and highly uncertain and as a result require learning-based approaches to generate appropriate adaptation responses. Geographical research can effectively integrate knowledge developed through the mutual learning of researchers and stakeholders within a place to help guide adaptation planning. The roles of the geographer as a social learning researcher are critically analysed within the context of climate change adaptation research undertaken to support regional natural resource management adaptation planning in South Australia. Three research roles from the social learning literature are used to frame the analysis: the organic intellectual; the advocate for social justice; and the contemporary professional academic. While the social learning helped to develop a range of experimental adaptation policies and actions, the research would have proceeded more effectively if the challenges of the approach had been initially understood. The problems which emerge from social learning research, including inevitable tensions between real-world and academic outcomes, need to be acknowledged along with any successes to prepare future geographers to facilitate learning about socio-ecological risk.
Keywords: Social learning; organic intellectual; justice; risk; climate change adaptation; South Australia
Rights: © 2014 Geographical Society of New South Wales Inc.
RMID: 0030022285
DOI: 10.1080/00049182.2014.953736
Appears in Collections:Geography, Environment and Population publications

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