The lived experience of climate change: complementing the natural and social Sciences for knowledge, policy and action

Abbott, Dina and Wilson, Gordon (2012). The lived experience of climate change: complementing the natural and social Sciences for knowledge, policy and action. The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, 3(4) pp. 99–114.

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Abstract

This paper explores the concept of ‘lived experience of limate change’, the complementary challenge it poses to scientific (natural and social science) knowledge, its potential to inform policy, and the methodological challenges of capturing it. We conceptualise lived experience of climate change as evolving knowledge gained over time by individuals and groups through their everyday practices, practices that are in turn framed by proximate impacts of climate-related processes and events, and by broader socio-economic circumstance. The potential of lived experience to complement the sciences and inform policy poses difficult epistemological questions regarding how climate change knowledge is constructed and used. A key further dimension concerns the challenges that confront those who seek to capture it and its integrated, multi-faceted dimensions.

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