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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.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Authors
ISSN: 1835-7156
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
The lived experience of climate change: E-learning and Virtual Mobility504269-LLP-1--2009-1-UK-ERASMUS-ECDSPEuropean Commission Erasmus Programme
Keywords: climate change; social sciences; lived experience; action research
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 43497
Depositing User: Gordon Wilson
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 10:42
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2020 19:38
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/43497
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