Type: Article
Title: A global assessment of actors and their roles in climate change adaptation
Authors: Petzold, Jan
Hawxwell, Tom 
Jantke, Kerstin
Gonçalves Gresse, Eduardo
Mirbach, Charlotta
Ajibade, Idowu
Bhadwal, Suruchi
Bowen, Kathryn
Fischer, Alexandra Paige
Joe, Elphin Tom
Kirchhoff, Christine J.
Mach, Katharine J.
Reckien, Diana
Segnon, Alcade C.
Singh, Chandni
Ulibarri, Nicola
Campbell, Donovan
Cremin, Emilie
Färber, Leonie
Hegde, Greeshma
Jeong, Jihye
Nunbogu, Abraham Marshall
Pradhan, Himansu Kesari
Schröder, Lea S.
Shah, Mohammad Aminur Rahman
Reese, Pauline
Sultana, Ferdous
Tello, Carlos
Xu, Jiren
Garschagen, Matthias
Issue Date: Nov-2023
An assessment of the global progress in climate change adaptation is urgently needed. Despite a rising awareness that adaptation should involve diverse societal actors and a shared sense of responsibility, little is known about the types of actors, such as state and non-state, and their roles in different types of adaptation responses as well as in different regions. Based on a large n-structured analysis of case studies, we show that, although individuals or households are the most prominent actors implementing adaptation, they are the least involved in institutional responses, particularly in the global south. Governments are most often involved in planning and civil society in coordinating responses. Adaptation of individuals or households is documented especially in rural areas, and governments in urban areas. Overall, understanding of institutional, multi-actor and transformational adaptation is still limited. These findings contribute to debates around ‘social contracts’ for adaptation, that is, an agreement on the distribution of roles and responsibilities, and inform future adaptation governance.
Subject Class (DDC): 300: Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie
HCU-Faculty: Geschichte und Theorie der Stadt 
Journal or Series Name: Nature climate change 
Volume: 13
Start page: 1250
End page: 1257
Publisher: Nature
ISSN: 1758-678X
Publisher DOI: 10.1038/s41558-023-01824-z
URN (Citation Link): urn:nbn:de:gbv:1373-repos-11959
Directlink: https://repos.hcu-hamburg.de/handle/hcu/927
Language: English
Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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