Transformational capacity and the influence of place and identity

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Transformational capacity and the influence of place and identity
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Marshall, Nadine A.
Park, Sarah E.
Adger, W. Neil
Brown, Katrina
Howden, S. Mark
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Institute of Physics (IOP)
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2012
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English

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Climate change is altering the productivity of natural resources with far-reaching implications for those who depend on them. Resource-dependent industries and communities need the capacity to adapt to a range of climate risks if they are to remain viable. In some instances, the scale and nature of the likely impacts means that transformations of function or structure will be required. Transformations represent a switch to a distinct new system where a different suite of factors become important in the design and implementation of response strategies. There is a critical gap in knowledge on understanding transformational capacity and its influences. On the basis of current knowledge on adaptive capacity we propose four foundations for measuring transformational capacity: (1) how risks and uncertainty are managed, (2) the extent of skills in planning, learning and reorganizing, (3) the level of financial and psychological flexibility to undertake change and (4) the willingness to undertake change. We test the influence of place attachment and occupational identity on transformational capacity using the Australian peanut industry, which is presently assessing significant structural change in response to predicted climatic changes. Survey data from 88% of peanut farmers in Queensland show a strong negative correlation between transformational capacity and both place attachment and occupational attachment, suggesting that whilst these factors may be important positive influences on the capacity to adapt to incremental change, they act as barriers to transformational change.

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of papers that that to the that that transformational capacity and it's about the influence of place attachment and occupational I think the the case study that we have for you is that of the peanut farming industry in Saturn's Queensland this region that already experiencing the impacts of climate
change is getting hotter it's in dry and and
and these trees looking elbowing peanuts know we think that this sort of strategies potentially transformation because they're going to a brand new environment and people are going to have to undertake a massive changes the state infamous 1 of our work has been to look at this individual's they'll try and understand
how easy it is to them and to absorb transformational change would be changes in line
and we understand that some people can do this
morning in mothers and this is a compliance for unless you have a critical mass of individuals of the industry strategy is unlikely to be successful Our aim was to try and understand why some individuals content potentially better at absorbing changing in lines and how can we use this information to help the industry develop strategies that will look more likely to be successful so what we did is looked at the adaptation of literature and understood that and and propose that therefore foundations for understanding transmission capacity we look at the number 1 how people perceive the risks and uncertainty in in our approach and change the 2nd thing we look at it as is the skill out what skills to they have 4 and for experimenting refining remaining for planning the 3rd thing we look at this flexibility did they have emotional they have found psychological to they have financial and flexibility to a buffering aligned to to approach change and the last thing we look at is they interesting change to the health and a willingness to contemplate and undertake as quite significant changes so using very standard social science techniques we were able to measure of transformational capacity with individuals and firms place attachment and occupational identity and we we did this on 69 cannot harm consultants Queensland's and this and that being 88 isn't the industry-supported types study what we found that it was a very strong negative correlation between a one-dimensional transmission
capacity and place attachment and occupational identity this suggests what's that was similar to the teacher does say that place attachment and occupation identities are
really important to enhance an incremental change events in in the case
of the transformational change large change events these 2 factors potentially can be quite important and negative influences and active barriers to to transformation change that this finding is the if Martin Portable probably quite useful for those planning climate adaptation strategies at the industry level up until now we don't really focus on individual scalable whatever our studies show is is that factors such as place attention in occupational identity that can be so strong that they can influence on the success of strategies that scales about them
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