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An agenda for ethics and justice in adaptation to climate change

Byskov, Morten Fibieger; Hyams, Keith; Satyal, Poshendra; Anguelovski, Isabelle; Benjamin, Lisa; Blackburn, Sophie; Borie, Maud; Caney, Simon; Chu, Eric; Edwards, Gareth; Fourie, Kristel; Fraser, Arabella; Heyward, Clare; Jeans, Helen; McQuistan, Colin; Paavola, Jouni; Page, Ed; Pelling, Mark; Priest, Sally; Swiderska, Krystyna; Tarazona, Marcela; Thornton, Thomas; Twigg, John; Venn, Alice


Morten Fibieger Byskov

Keith Hyams

Poshendra Satyal

Isabelle Anguelovski

Lisa Benjamin

Sophie Blackburn

Maud Borie

Simon Caney

Eric Chu

Gareth Edwards

Kristel Fourie

Arabella Fraser

Clare Heyward

Helen Jeans

Colin McQuistan

Jouni Paavola

Ed Page

Mark Pelling

Sally Priest

Krystyna Swiderska

Marcela Tarazona

Thomas Thornton

John Twigg

Alice Venn


As experts predict that at least some irreversible climate change will occur with potentially disastrous effects on the lives and well-being of vulnerable communities around the world, it is paramount to ensure that these communities are resilient and have adaptive capacity to withstand the consequences. Adaptation and resilience planning present several ethical issues that need to be resolved if we are to achieve successful adaptation and resilience to climate change. In this paper, we present six core discussions that should be an integral part of adaptation and resilience planning: (i) Where does ‘justice’ feature in resilience and adaptation planning and what does it require in that regard?; (ii) How can it be ensured that adaptation and resilience strategies protect, take into consideration, and represent the interest of the most vulnerable individuals and communities?; (iii) How can different forms of knowledge be integrated within adaptation and resilience planning?; (iv) What trade-offs need to be made when focusing on resilience and adaptation and how can they be resolved?; (v) What roles and responsibilities do different actors have to build resilience and achieve adaptation?; (vi) Finally, what does the focus on ethics imply for the practice of adaptation and resilience planning?


Byskov, M. F., Hyams, K., Satyal, P., Anguelovski, I., Benjamin, L., Blackburn, S., …Venn, A. (2019). An agenda for ethics and justice in adaptation to climate change. Climate and Development, 13(1), 1-9.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 29, 2019
Online Publication Date Dec 21, 2019
Publication Date Dec 21, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 12, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 22, 2020
Journal Climate and Development
Print ISSN 1756-5529
Electronic ISSN 1756-5537
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 1
Pages 1-9
Keywords Climate adaptation; resilience; ethics; justice; IPCC
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Climate and Development on 21.12.19, available online:


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