Responding to climate change as a transformative stressor through metro-regional planning
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This paper characterises climate change as a "transformative stressor". It argues that institutional change will become increasingly necessary as institutions seek to reorientate governance frameworks to better manage the transformative stresses created by climate change in urban environments. Urban and metropolitan planning regimes are identified as central institutions in addressing this challenge. The operationalisation of climate adaptation is identified as a central tenet of a comprehensive urban response to the transformative stresses that climate change is predicted to create. Operationalisation refers to climate adaptation becoming incorporated, codified and implemented as a central tenet of urban planning governance. This paper has three purposes. First, it examines conceptual perspectives on the role of transformative stressors in compelling institutional change. Second, it establishes a conceptual approach that characterises climate change as a transformative stressor requiring institutional change within planning frameworks. Third, it reports emergent results and analysis from an empirical inquiry which examines how the metro-regional planning regime of Southeast Queensland has responded to climate change as a transformative stressor via institutional change and the operationalisation of climate adaptation.
© 2012 Routledge, Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Local Environment, Volume 17, Issue 10, 2012, Pages 1089-1103. Local Environment is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com with the open URL of your article.
Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified