Can we learn to be resilient? Institutional constraints for social learning in heatwave risk management in London, UK

Abeling, Thomas. Can we learn to be resilient? Institutional constraints for social learning in heatwave risk management in London, UK. King's College London, 2015.

Document type:
Thesis

Metadata
Documents
Versions
Statistics
  • Attached Files (Some files may be inaccessible until you login with your UNU Collections credentials)
    Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
    PhD_Dissertation_Thomas_Abeling_Heatwave.pdf PhD_Dissertation_Thomas_Abeling_Heatwave.pdf application/pdf 4.84MB
  • Sub-type Doctoral thesis
    Author Abeling, Thomas
    Title Can we learn to be resilient? Institutional constraints for social learning in heatwave risk management in London, UK
    Year 2015
    University King's College London
    Department Department of Geography
    Place of Publication Bonn
    Publisher UNU-EHS
    Pages 229
    Language eng
    Abstract This thesis investigates institutional constraints for social learning in organisational heatwave risk management in London, UK. Empirical evidence stems from 49 semi-structured expert interviews with risk planning officials from London local authorities, health and social care organisations. Findings suggest that the interaction of formal and informal institutions has limited social learning in heatwave planning to incremental changes that reinforced the status-quo. Informal networks and trust relationships between risk managers compensated for formal heatwave planning arrangements that were perceived as dysfunctional. This support from informal institutions to formal strategies undermined opportunities for paradigm shifts in risk planning. It suggests that social learning can be associated with rigidity of established risk management strategies, rather than with their change. In the context of heatwave planning in London, missed opportunities for paradigm shifts concerned a consolidation of reactive risk management approaches that focused on the health implications of heat stress. This consolidation undermined the development of preventive risk management approaches that consider social, environmental and technical risk dimensions. The results of the analysis raise questions about the desirability of learning as an adaptive strategy in the context of climate change. The thesis suggests that learning is not necessarily benefficial for transformation if it is enacted through organisational systems that are inertial and resistant to change.
    UNBIS Thesaurus RISK ASSESSMENT
    RISK MANAGEMENT
    CLIMATE CHANGE
    Keyword Heat wave
    London
    Copyright Holder The Author
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9783944535388
  • Versions
    Version Filter Type
  • Citation counts
    Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
    Access Statistics: 6435 Abstract Views, 613 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
    Created: Fri, 13 May 2016, 19:59:56 JST