[Blueboard] TODAY: Mobilities and the Adaptation to Rapid Environmental Change in Coastal Areas

Department of Sociology and Anthropology [LS] socioanthro.soss at ateneo.edu
Mon Feb 20 09:56:53 PHT 2017


The Ateneo School of Social Sciences’ Research Cluster on

 “Environment, Society and Sustainable Development”,

the Manila Observatory and

the Department of Sociology and Anthropology



present



*MOBILITIES AND THE ADAPTATION TO RAPID ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE IN COASTAL
AREAS:*

*RESEARCH PERSPECTIVES AND ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES*



a lecture by

JOHANNES HERBECK, PHD

University of Bremen, Germany



February 20, 2017

4:30-5:30

Leong Hall 407



Rather than being a one-time reaction to a single event, adaptation to
environmental change often takes the form of a multitude of political
struggles in different fora and around different projects over a long
period of time. Thereby, environmental change can be the catalyst of
changing, reinforcing or maintaining existing political structures and
power relations, and can contribute to new forms of participation, but also
exclusion of certain actors. With an associated change of a shared sense of
belonging in affected areas, adaptation can also influence the emergence of
what we call regional formations. Those are influenced by existing mobility
routines, and potentially reverberate on the question what role migration
plays in the adaptation process.



Giving insights into two case studies, this contribution reconstructs the
various forms of adaptation to rapid coastal change the cities of Keta,
Ghana and Semarang, Indonesia have been experiencing in the past decades.
This contains changing patterns of migration, but also includes "hard"
engineering solutions taken in both areas. The talk describes processes and
actor networks that have led to the emergence of certain forms of
(structural) adaptation and have contributed to the actual design and
implementation of selected adaptation projects.



The examples show that during certain periods, environmental change can be
as strong element in the development of a regional political consciousness,
also and especially in the long processes of negotiations of adaptation
measures with superordinate governmental structures. At the same time, the
connections to globalized networks, processes and discourses have shaped
adaptation from the very beginnings; the talk closes by reflecting those
connections and mobilities for further research activities.



ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Dr. Johannes  Herbeck is researcher at the Sustainability Research Center
at the University of Bremen. He was scientific coordinator of the project
“New Regional Formations: Rapid environmental change and migration in
coastal regions of Ghana and Indonesia” (funding support from the
Volkswagen Foundation, Germany) and is currently researcher under the
DFG-funded project “EMERSA – Epistemic mobilities and the governance of
environmental risks in Island Southeast Asia”. He obtained his PhD in Human
Geography in 2014 with his dissertation “Geographies of Climate Change.
Security, Vulnerability, Translocality.”





If interested, please contact:


*Prof./Dr. Emma Porio*

Research Cluster Convenor

eporio at ateneo.edu


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