The Politics of Adapting to Climate Change

  • Leigh Glover
  • Mikael Granberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Adaptation as a Phenomenon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Leigh Glover, Mikael Granberg
      Pages 3-22
    3. Leigh Glover, Mikael Granberg
      Pages 23-45
    4. Leigh Glover, Mikael Granberg
      Pages 47-76
  3. Adaptation as Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Leigh Glover, Mikael Granberg
      Pages 79-101
    3. Leigh Glover, Mikael Granberg
      Pages 103-132
    4. Leigh Glover, Mikael Granberg
      Pages 133-150
    5. Leigh Glover, Mikael Granberg
      Pages 151-158
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 159-179

About this book


This book is a must-read for researchers and students interested in gaining a comprehensive overview of the political dimensions of climate change adaptation. The authors remind us that political analysis of adaptation processes is a productive and much needed scholarly endeavour that can shed light on the social complexities and pitfalls of the growing challenges ahead of us.

Hartmut Fünfgeld

Institute of Environmental Social Science and Geography, University of Freiburg, Germany


As the issue of climate change comes to be increasingly mainstream, we must pay close attention to how, by and for whom adaptation efforts are being undertaken. This book provides the perfect guide, bringing into sharp focus the ways in which adaptation is a fundamentally political matter. This book will be essential reading for students, researchers and practitioners alike.

Harriet Bulkeley

Department of Geography, Durham University, United Kingdom


In a world facing an accelerating climate emergency, the importance of climate change adaptation is increasing. This book provides a valuable approach for a political analysis of climate change adaptation focusing on power, knowledge, participation, and, ultimately, who benefits and who loses. This timely book will be indispensable reading for scholars, students, and practitioners interested in the climate crisis.

Charles F. Parker

Department of Government and the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science, Uppsala University, Sweden

​This book examines the political themes and policy perspectives related to, and influencing, climate change adaptation. It provides an informed primer on the politics of adaptation, a topic largely overlooked in the current scholarship and literature, and addresses questions such as why these politics are so important, what they mean, and what their implications are. The book also reviews various political texts on adaptation. 

Leigh Glover is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Climate and Safety at Karlstad University, Sweden. He is the former Director of the Australasian Centre for the Governance & Management of Urban Transport (GAMUT) at the University of Melbourne, Australia. 

Mikael Granberg is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for
Societal Risk Research at Karlstad University, Sweden, and a Senior Research
Fellow at the Center for Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS) at Uppsala
University, Sweden. He is also Honorary Professor at the Centre for Urban
Research (CUR), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.


Responsibility Adaptation Political Economy Political Society Environmental Justice

Authors and affiliations

  • Leigh Glover
    • 1
  • Mikael Granberg
    • 2
  1. 1.The Centre for Societal Risk ResearchKarlstad UniversityKarlstadSweden
  2. 2.The Centre for Societal Risk ResearchKarlstad UniversityKarlstadSweden

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