The potential influence of Neoliberalism on the capacity and form of spatial adaptation

McClure, Lachlan, Baker, Douglas C., & Sloan, Mellini (2012) The potential influence of Neoliberalism on the capacity and form of spatial adaptation. In Norra, Stefan, Schleicher, Nina, Morrison, Greg, & Rauch, Sebastien (Eds.) Book of Abstracts 11th Urban Environment Symposium 16–19 September 2012, Karlsruhe, Germany, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany.

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Human spatial environments must adapt to climate change. Spatial planning is central to climate change adaptation and potentially well suited to the task, however neoliberal influences and trends threaten this capacity. This paper explores the potential interaction of emerging research areas, the first of which pursues climate change adaptation through spatial planning and the second of which has observed the neoliberalisation of urban planning, The potential capacity and form of spatial adaptation within the context a planning environment influenced by neoliberal principles is evaluated. This influence relates to the themes of spatial scale, temporal scale, responsibility for action, strategies and mechanisms, accrual of benefits, negotiation of priorities and approach to uncertainty.

This paper presents a conceptual framework of the influence of neoliberalism on spatial adaptation and presents examples of this approach in documents which underpin adaptation in Australia. It identifies the potential characteristics and the challenges and opportunities of spatial adaptation under a neoliberal frame.

The neoliberal frame does not entirely preclude spatial adaptation but significantly influence its form. Neoliberal approaches involve individual action in response to private incentives and near term impacts while collective action, regulatory mechanisms and long term planning is approached cautiously. Challenges concern the degree to which collective action and a long term orientation are necessary, how individual adaptation relates to collective vulnerability and the prioritisation of adaptation by markets. Opportunities might involve the operability of individual and local adaptation, the existence of private incentives to adapt and the potential to align adaptation with entrepreneurial projects.

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ID Code: 54197
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: neoliberalism, land use planning, climate change adaptation, spatial adaptation, collective action, private incentives
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Authors
Deposited On: 17 Oct 2012 00:18
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2012 02:28

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