3 January 2022

Maladaptation: When Adaptation to Climate Change Goes Very Wrong

COPE Socials 25-11-2021

On November 25, 2021, the Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research invited Dr Lisa Schipper, Environmental Social Science Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, for an online talk about Maladaptation: When Adaptation to Climate Change Goes Very Wrong as part of the ongoing COPE Socials series.

Scroll down to see the video recording of the presentation.

The UNEP Adaptation Gap Report underlines the perceived funding ‘gap’ for adaptation to climate change, echoing many calls for increased funding. But studies are showing that adaptation to climate change very often ends up in maladaptation, where people instead become more vulnerable to climate change as a result of project activities. What is maladaptation, and why aren’t we better at detecting it before it happens? In this talk, Dr Lisa Schipper blends the policy context with on-the-ground experiences to try to unpack whether we are at a standstill on understanding maladaptation and how we can address it.

Dr Lisa Schipper is an Environmental Social Science Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. Her work focuses on adaptation to climate change in developing countries, and looks at gender, religion and culture to understand what drives vulnerability.

To read the publications mentioned in the presentation, please visit Dr Lisa Schipper's research profile here.

Watch the entire talk and presentation in the video below