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Climate Change Management

Social Capital, Resilience and Adaptation on Small Islands

Climate Change on the Isles of Scilly

Authors: Petzold, Jan

  • Original island/archipelago case study from the global north, which complements the present focus on tropical atoll islands
  • Empirical case study research with a mixed methods quantitative/qualitative approach, including numerous illustrations, gives the reader a profound insight into small island life
  • A critical theoretical discussion section contributes to the framing and further development of theory on social capital, resilience, emergence, and islandness
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About this book

The book deals with the role of social capital regarding its potential to increase small islands’ adaptive capacity to climate change. The case study of the Isles of Scilly, UK, shows how social structures can play a very important role for climate change adaptation. It is argued that social features have to be understood in a non-deterministic and potentially ambivalent manner, according to their place-specific geographical, cultural and historical context. Only then, risk management and adaptation strategies can succeed and function in a sustainable way. 

The findings have relevance for the further refinement of social capital theory and social emergence. Combined with the perspective of resilience, this approach is also relevant from a policy standpoint, given that small islands have been identified as hotspots not only due to their vulnerability, but also because they serve as examples for media and politics to advance the agenda of environmental protection. >

About the authors

Jan Petzold is a geographer trained at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and specialised on human-nature interactions in coastal zones and small islands. In his PhD research he analysed the potential and limitations of social capital for adaptability to climate change on the Isles of Scilly, UK. Besides his research in the United Kingdom and on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as the Bahamas, his regional interest is East Africa. Since December 2016 he works as Science Officer for the Technical Support Unit of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Petzold, Jan

    Pages 1-7

  • Climate Change: Impacts, Uncertainties and Adaptation

    Petzold, Jan

    Pages 9-16

  • Social Capital and Small-Island Resilience

    Petzold, Jan

    Pages 17-61

  • Designing Small Island Research

    Petzold, Jan

    Pages 63-80

  • Climate Change and Community Action on the Isles of Scilly

    Petzold, Jan

    Pages 81-165

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52225-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52224-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-84854-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Capital, Resilience and Adaptation on Small Islands
Book Subtitle
Climate Change on the Isles of Scilly
Authors
Series Title
Climate Change Management
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52225-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52225-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52224-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84854-9
Series ISSN
1610-2010
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 195
Number of Illustrations
60 b/w illustrations, 24 illustrations in colour
Topics