Webinar Series – Justice Considerations in Climate Adaptation Planning – 15th March
A webinar series has been organized by the Social Policy Analysis and Research Center, Faculty of Arts, in light of its 15th Anniversary celebrations. The first lecture was conducted by Professor Hartmut Fünfgeld, on 15th March 2021 from 3.00-4.00 p.m. via zoom. Professor Hartmut Fünfgeld is Professor of Geography at the Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography, Albert-Ludwig’s-University of Freiburg, Germany and has maintained close ties with the center from its inception. The title of the webinar was “Justice considerations in climate change adaptation planning.” Participants were able to understand how the focus on structural and technical solutions related to climate change adaptation leads to the neglect of social and political dimensions though adaptation planning and decision-making can hardly do without value-based judgement and political decisions. The speaker revealed how such measures carry risks such as maladaptation and exclusion, which can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and social inequalities. He further explained how social justice issues are particularly relevant in climate change adaptation practice using a human geography perspective and how these can be used as starting points for social transformation. The participants were also able to comprehend how justice can be integrated in transdisciplinary research on climate change adaptation and related areas using conceptual models.