Journal Article

Climate and Development;

Beyond Technical Fixes: Climate Solutions and the Great Derangement

Published on 1 July 2019

Climate change research is at an impasse. The transformation of economies and everyday practices is more urgent, and yet appears ever more daunting as attempts at behaviour change, regulations, and global agreements confront material and social-political infrastructures that support the status quo.

Effective action requires new ways of conceptualizing society, climate and environment and yet current research struggles to break free of established categories. In response, this contribution revisits important insights from the social sciences and humanities on the co-production of political economies, cultures, societies and biophysical relations and shows the possibilities for ontological pluralism to open up for new imaginations. Its intention is to help generate a different framing of socionatural change that goes beyond the current science-policy-behavioural change pathway. It puts forward several moments of inadvertent concealment in contemporary debates that stem directly from the way issues are framed and imagined in contemporary discourses. By placing values, normative commitments, and experiential and plural ways of knowing from around the world at the centre of climate knowledge, we confront climate change with contested politics and the everyday foundations of action rather than just data.

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Nightingale, A. J.; Eriksen, S.; Taylor, M.; Forsyth, T.; Pelling, M.; Newsham, A.; Boyd, E.; Brown, K.; Harvey, B.; Jones, L.; Bezner Kerr, R.; Mehta, L.; Otto Naess, L.; Ockwell, D.; Scoones, I.; Tanner T. & Whitfield S. (2019) 'Beyond Technical Fixes: climate solutions and the great derangement', Climate and Development, DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2019.1624495

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Lyla Mehta

Professorial Fellow

Lars Otto Naess

Resource Politics and Environmental Change Cluster Lead

Ian Scoones

Professorial Fellow

Stephen Whitfield

DPhil Student

Andrea Joslyn Nightingale
Siri Eriksen
Marcus Taylor
Timothy Forsyth
Mark Pelling
Andrew Newsham
Emily Boyd
Katrina Brown
Blane Harvey
Lindsey Jones
Rachel Bezner Kerr
David Ockwell
Thomas Tanner

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