Strategic localism for an uncertain world

a postdevelopment approach to climate change adaptation

Philip Ireland*, Katharine McKinnon

*Corresponding author for this work

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Adaptation to climate change is being planned and implemented across the developing world. As billions of development aid dollars are being mobilised around this new theme there are risks that adaptation efforts of the development sector will result in familiar problems. In this paper we draw upon postdevelopment perspectives that critically consider development aid and the role of the development sector to scrutinise emerging approaches to adaptation. We suggest that a postdevelopment approach to adaptation contributes a much-needed analysis of the agendas that are shaping adaptation discourses and helps us to see nascent possibilities for adaptation that are already unfolding in diverse localities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-166
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


  • Adaptation
  • Aid
  • Climate change
  • Development
  • Local
  • Postdevelopment

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