Climate change vulnerability and adaptation: voices from the community services sector in Victoria

Hartmut Fuenfgeld, Alianne Rance, Philip James Wallis, Sophie Millin, Karyn Bosomworth, Kate Lonsdale

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Cities around Australia are increasingly affected by the impacts of climate variability and climate change, such as heatwaves, flooding, bushfires and other climate change related trends and events. While it is widely discussed in the academic literature that climate change will exacerbate existing social and economic disadvantage of urban populations, evidence of such processes in Australia is still scarce. In this paper we present findings of a current research project conducted in Victoria that explored the notion of climate change vulnerability through the prism of community sector organisations. As part of the qualitative research, different types of community service and primary health care organisations were studied to ascertain the extent to which organisations and their clients perceived to be affected by climate change impacts; if and how they were learning to respond to such impacts; and if they had made progress to proactive climate change adaptation planning in the face of future climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationState of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings
EditorsKristian Ruming, Bill Randolph, Nicole Gurran
Place of PublicationKensington NSW Australia
PublisherState of Australian Cities Research Network
Pages1 - 11
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)1740440331
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventState of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference 2013 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 26 Nov 201329 Nov 2013
Conference number: 6th


ConferenceState of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference 2013
Abbreviated titleSOAC 2013
OtherTen years since the original State of Australian Cities (SOAC) conference, SOAC 2013 was the largest conference to date, with over 180 papers published as part of these proceedings. All papers presented at the SOAC 2013 and subsequently published as part of the proceedings have been subject to a double blind refereeing process. All papers have been reviewed by at least two referees. In particular, the review process assessed each paper in terms of its policy relevance and the contribution to the conceptual or empirical understanding of Australian cities. The review process ensured the highest academic standards. The Editors wish to thank referees and contributors for their efforts in responding to tight publication timelines. The breadth and quality of papers included as part of these proceedings is testament to the strength of Australian urban studies.
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