Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
The role of leadership in regional climate change adaptation: a comparison of adaptation practices initiated by governmental and non-governmental actors
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
Show others and affiliations
2015 (English)In: Journal of Water and Climate, ISSN 2040-2244, Vol. 6, no 1, 25-37 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper aims to better understand the role of leadership in regional climate change adaptation. We first present a framework, which distinguishes five functions of leadership within inter-organizational networks: the connective, enabling, adaptive, political-administrative and dissemination functions. Next, we compare the role of leadership in two examples of regional adaptation practices which were initiated by governmental actors with two examples which were initiated by non-governmental actors. The case studies are located in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. Our research question is twofold: to what extent can the five functions of leadership be identified in practices of climate change adaptation, and are there differences in the patterns of leadership between adaptation practices which are initiated by governmental and by non-governmental actors? The study shows that although all leadership functions were fulfilled in all four cases, patterns of leadership were different and the fulfilment of leadership functions posed different challenges to non-governmental actors and governmental actors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 6, no 1, 25-37 p.
Keyword [en]
adaptation to climate change, complexity theory, leadership, multi-level governance, water governance
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-102253DOI: 10.2166/wcc.2014.137ISI: 000351207900003OAI: diva2:807136
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2015-04-22 Last updated: 2015-04-22Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Keskitalo, E. Carina H.
By organisation
Department of Geography and Economic History
In the same journal
Journal of Water and Climate
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 92 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link