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Transformation as Praxis: Responding to Climate Change Uncertainties in Marginal Environments in South Asia

Published on 1 April 2021

This paper provides some of the conceptual and methodological underpinnings being developed in the ongoing TAPESTRY project which is part of the Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) Programme.

We debate how the notion of transformation may be conceptualized from ‘below’ in marginal environments that are especially marked by high levels of climate-related uncertainties. We propose the notion of transformation as praxis — where the focus is on bottom-up change, identities, wellbeing and the recovery of agency by marginalized people and explore how ‘patches’ and the ‘marginal’ offer critical conceptual templates to examine whether and how systemic transformative changes are being assembled and effected on the ground by hybrid and transformative alliances. The article concludes by discussing potential challenges of such engagements, alongside pursuing a normative and political approach to T2S.

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Lyla Mehta, Shilpi Srivastava, Synne Movik, Hans Nicolai Adam, Rohan D’Souza, Devanathan Parthasarathy, Lars Otto Naess, Nobuhito Ohte, Transformation as praxis: responding to climate change uncertainties in marginal environments in South Asia, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 49, 2021, Pages 110-117, ISSN 1877-3435, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2021.04.002

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Lyla Mehta

Professorial Fellow

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Shilpi Srivastava

Research Fellow

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Lars Otto Naess

Research Fellow

Rohan D’Souza

Devanathan Parthasarathy

Nobuhito Ohte

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