Funded by the Norwegian Research Council, this five-year project draw on the literatures on risk governance and securitization to uncover how climate change adaptation processes can be characterised either by risk governance thinking, with a focus on accommodating everyday risks, or by securitisation dynamics, by which extraordinary measures and particular actors are invoked. While the securitisation of climate change is well-documented at national and international levels, the way securitisation affects local level governance and adaptation is much less known. There is the need to unpack how adaptation understood in a multilevel governance context, which actors intervene, which kind of solutions are implemented, including digital, and the extent to which the local level accepts, pushes back or rejects securitisation modalities. The project will reveal opportunities for complementary between international, national and local adaptation efforts, by pinpointing positive (shared understandings and coherent action) and negative (conflicting perspectives and local disempowerment) dynamics.
The leader of the successful consortium is Dr. Claudia Morsut, from the University of Stavanger, Norway. Four other universities are part of the consortium, called ‘RiskSec2.0’. The project runs from 2020-2025.