Neoliberalism and Spatial Adaptation

McClure, Lachlan, Baker, Douglas, & Sloan, Mellini (2013) Neoliberalism and Spatial Adaptation. In Rauch, Sebastien, Morrison, Gregory, Norra, Stefan, & Schleicher, Nina (Eds.) Urban Environment. Springer, Dordrecht Heidelberg New York London, pp. 411-422.

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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 significance of neoliberal influences on urban planning to climate change adaptation. The potential form of spatial adaptation within the context of a planning environment influenced by neoliberal principles is evaluated. This influence relates to 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. It identifies the potential characteristics, 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: 67544
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Proceedings of the 11th Urban Environment Symposium (UES), held in Karlsruhe, Germany, 16-19 September 2012
Keywords: Climate Change, Neoliberalism, Spatial Planning
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-7756-9_36
ISBN: 9789400777552
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 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Deposited On: 20 Feb 2014 00:33
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2016 17:27

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