Climate change, adaptation and transformation

Climate change, adaptation and transformation

Publications (in order by date)

·      Chynoweth, A., B. May, A. Fenech, J.I. MacLellan, N. Comer and D. MacIver. Tools for integrating climate change and community disaster management in Canada. Practical Solutions for a Warming World, American Meteorological Society Conference on Climate Adaptation, refereed, accepted.

·      Cave, K., General, P., Johnston, J., May, B., McGregor, D., Plummer, R. & Wilson, P. (in review). The power of participatory dialogue: Why talking about climate change matters. Participatory Learning in Action.

·      May, B. and R. Plummer, invited.  Contextualizing climate change adaptation through social-ecological inventories and the emergence of leadership in participatory processes. The Adaptive Challenge of Climate Change. K. O’Brien and E. Selboe, eds. Cambridge University Press, in progress.

·      Å. Swartling, C. Lundholm, R. Plummer & D. Armitage. (2011). Social Learning and Sustainability: Exploring Critical Issues in Relation to Environmental Change and Governance. Workshop proceedings, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm, Sweden, June 1-2. Stockholm Environmental Institute.  Available online:

·      May, B., and R. Plummer, 2011. Accommodating the challenges of climate change adaptation and governance in conventional risk management: adaptive collaborative risk management (ACRM). Ecology and Society 16(1): 47. [online] URL:

·      Armitage, D. & R. Plummer. 2010. Adaptation, Learning and Transformation in Theory and Practice: A State-of-the-Art Literature Review and Strategy for Application in the Niagara Region. Final Report. Prepared for Adaptation and Impacts Research Section - Environment Canada. Toronto, ON.

·         ·    W. Kubik, D. Corkal, A. Rojas, D. Sauchyn (Eds.) (2010) Rural Communities Adapting to Climate-induced Water Stress. Regina Saskatchewan:  Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina.

·      Fenech, A. ,May, B.,  Kertland, P., Lemmen, D. Keenleyside, K., Johnson, M., Inch, J., Nelson, C., Smalley, R., Barry, P., Clarke, K.L., Milton, A., Gifford, K., Saint-Marie, C., van Heusden, A., Lee, S. & Hum, D. 2009. Canada’s Fifth National Report on Climate Change, Actions to Meet Commitment under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Chapter 6).

·      Plummer, R. General P. May, B. & Cave, K. (2009). A Transboundary Dialogue on Climate Change and Water in the Great Lakes Basin: Exploring the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of Aboriginal peoples.  Available online:

·      J. Bruneau and S. Renzetti (2009) “GHG intensity in Canada: A look at historical trends” Canadian Public Policy, 35(1): 1-20.


Environmental change is occurring at an unprecedented rate. As we enter the Anthropocence, understanding (modeling) potential future conditions and the associated impacts on ecological and social systems is imperative.  Responding to present and potential changes requires forethought and systemic adjustments to ameliorate adverse impacts and take advantage of potential opportunities. Consideration is also required to the underlying conditions and drivers of change, as failure to critically asses these may result in maladaptation. Transformability or transformative capacity is thus often required to re-position systems on desirable trajectories.