Beyond Technical Fixes: climate solutions and the great derangement

Andrea Joslyn Nightingale, Siri Eriksen, Marcus Taylor, Timothy Forsyth, Mark Adam Pelling, Andrew Newsham, Emily Boyd, katrina brown, blane harvey, lindsey jones, rachel kerr, lyla mehta, lars otto naess, david ockwell, Ian Scoones, Thomas Tanner, stephen whitfield

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Climate change research is at an impasse. The transformation of economies and everyday practices is more urgent, and yet appears ever more daunting as attempts at behaviour change, regulations, and global agreements confront material and social-political infrastructures that support the status quo. Effective
action requires new ways of conceptualizing society, climate and environment and yet current research struggles to break free of established categories. In response, this contribution revisits important insights from the social sciences and humanities on the co-production of political economies, cultures, societies
and biophysical relations and shows the possibilities for ontological pluralism to open up for new imaginations. Its intention is to help generate a different framing of socionatural change that goes beyond the current science-policy-behavioural change pathway. It puts forward several moments of inadvertent concealment in contemporary debates that stem directly from the way issues are framed and imagined in contemporary discourses. By placing values, normative commitments, and experiential and plural ways of knowing from around the world at the centre of climate knowledge, we confront climate change with contested politics and the everyday foundations of action rather than just data.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalClimate and Development
Early online date1 Jul 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jul 2019


  • climate change
  • climate justice
  • climate science
  • co-production
  • knowledge
  • plural ontologies
  • politics of adaptation


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