CATCH in “climate change adaptation” session at IST2020 conference

12 August 2020 - Published by Manon van de Riet

The 11th International Sustainability Transitions (IST2020) conference will be held as an online event from 18 – 21 August 2020, hosted from Vienna, Austria. The main theme of the IST2020 conference is ‘Governance in an era of change – making sustainability transitions happen’. CATCH will feature as a practice example in the ‘A transition studies lens on the challenge of adapting to a changing climate‘ dialogue session (DS 306), on Thursday 20 August; 10:45-12:15 CET.

With the increasing evidence of climate change impacts occurring, awareness is growing that rather large-scale and fundamental changes are required to make societies more resilient to a changing climate. Yet, climate change adaptation is seldomly looked at through a transition studies lens, not in academia and not in policy and practice. Against this background, this dialogue session aims to reflect upon the following two overarching key questions:

  1. What insights and frameworks from sustainability transition studies can (and which ones cannot) be drawn to better understand and steer a transition towards a climate-resilient society?

  2. What implications does climate change, resilience thinking, and associated uncertainties have for sustainability transitions studies?

The ‘climate change adaptation’ dialogue session specifically focuses on climate-resilience of the built and natural environment and associated governance and knowledge co-production challenges. The session will be hosted by Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf (University of Twente, the Netherlands), Catalina Codruta Dobre (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) and Katharina Hölscher (Dutch Research Institute for Transitions -DRIFT-, the Netherlands). One of the speakers invited to reflect upon one or more of the above questions, is Nanco Dolman, Water Sensitive City expert for CATCH. In his contribution to the session he will speak about ‘Transitions towards water sensitive cities across the globe’, the key vision CATCH is based on.