Cities around the world and in the UK in particular develop local climate plans (Heidrich et al 2016; Reckien at al 2018). Yet, the success of these plans might only unfold when their aims and objectives in terms of climate actions are implemented – infrastructures are built (outcome). Whereas a number of studies have addressed the content of local climate plans, information on the outcome of these plans is largely missing. While highly important to increase our knowledge on the effectiveness of local climate plans, such an assessment is challenging. Assessment methodologies will need to be developed. The student will develop an analytical framework to guide the research. Employed methods comprise: desktop analysis for RQ1; infrastructure mapping, questionnaire surveys and interview guidelines for staff of local authorities in cities like Newcastle, Manchester, North Tyneside and ground-truthing for RQ2; calculating mitigation, e.g. GHG accounting linked to the Tyndall Carbon Calculator (Manchester University), and adaptation, e.g. flood defences efforts for RQ3; and conduct Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping for RQ4.
CLIPI aims to determine whether local climate plans represent an effective means to mitigate GHG emissions and adapt cities to climate change, in particular considering the (at times) limited direct action space, sectors and scope that is under the control of Local Authorities (direct influence, or across the different sectors) to impose the implementation of their plans. The student will acquire innovative natural and social science tools, such as GHG accounting methodologies and tools, as well as the network-based interview and analysis methods, to provide a quantitative and qualitative measure of the perceived risk and value of climate change adaptation and mitigation infrastructures.
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