Storylines of institutional responses to climate change as a transformative stressor : the case of regional planning in South East Queensland, Australia

Matthews, Tony (2014) Storylines of institutional responses to climate change as a transformative stressor : the case of regional planning in South East Queensland, Australia. Environment and Planning C : Government and Policy, 32.

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Institutional responses to climate change stresses through planning will require new and amended forms of governance. Institutional framing of change imperatives can significantly condition associated governance responses. This paper builds on scholarly conversations concerning the conceptual role of ‘storylines’ in shaping institutional responses to climate change through governance. It draws on conceptual perspectives of climate change as a ‘transformative stressor’, which can compel institutional transformation within planning. The concepts of storylines and transformative stressors are conceptually linked. The conceptual approach is applied to an empirical enquiry focused on the regional planning regime of South East Queensland (SEQ), Australia. This paper reports and examines three institutional storylines of responding to climate change through planning governance in SEQ. It concludes that the manifestation of climate change as a transformative stressor in SEQ prompted institutional transformation, leading to a dominant storyline focused on climate adaptation as an important facet of regional planning governance.

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ID Code: 65429
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Storylines, Transformative stressors, Institutions, Governance, Climate change, Regional planning
DOI: 10.1068/c13206
ISSN: 1472-3425
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Pion Ltd.
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2013 23:46
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2016 21:46

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