new paper published: Understanding process, power, and meaning in adaptive governance

Posted on September 19, 2018 in Research by . Share this article

Grantham Supervisor Professor Frances Cleaver has co-authored a new paper, ‘Understanding process, power, and meaning in adaptive governance: A critical institutional reading’, for the journal Ecology and Society. Frances’ research connects three themes, institutions, livelihoods and water governance and how improved understandings of these issues can inform interventions for progressive social change.

Cleaver, F. and Whaley, L. 2018. Understanding process, power, and meaning in adaptive governance: A critical institutional reading. Ecology and Society, 23(2): 49

Experts suggest that arrangements for managing the environment must be adaptable and responsive to change if they are to be effective and to endure over time. In this paper Cleaver and Whaley argue that there is no blueprint for designing adaptive environmental governance. However, effective and equitable outcomes are most likely to be achieved when the role of power relations, and socio-cultural meanings in the processes of governance are better understood. These points are explored through illustrative case studies of local environmental management in Sweden, and community water management in Zimbabwe.

You can read the paper here