Resilience in the face of climate change is a widespread societal and policy objective, and acts a driver of research, funding and planning. But the ubiquity of this term masks a range of goals and intentions across society. As Ireland takes a lead in moving forward with a joined up approach to climate action it is key that different perspectives on resilience are represented in policy development, and that policy efforts are operationalised in a way that is cohesive and reflective of common goals. We know that sector specific responses are no longer sufficient. This requires an understanding of what resilience means and importantly, how ideas about resilience are being operationalised in practice.
In this EPA funded project we focus on key stakeholders in decision making processes, recognising their role as change agents to explore what resilience is, how it is being operationalised and ultimately exploring co-operative approaches to climate action that reflect an inclusive form of climate resilience. This project seeks to understand what resilience means for different groups in Ireland and will investigate how resilience is formally and informally operationalised, identifying key leverage points for more a more co-operative and inclusive approach for climate resilience in Ireland.

To achieve these objectives the project contains four workpackages:

WP1: Co-ordination and management of research and reporting activities over the lifetime of the project.

WP2: A desk-based study mapping of resilience in Irish climate action alongside reviewing literature on the role of formal and informal processes in climate policy development.

WP3: Identifying key leverage points for co-operative approaches for resilience. For this work package we will work with an Expert Panel to explore the formal and informal processes through which resilience is operationalised in their institution.

WP4: Communicating and dissemination of outputs will centre on an EPA report, policy recommendations and academic paper.

For further details please contact Prof Conor Murphy, Dr Tara Quinn

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