Understanding adaptive capacity and capacity to innovate in social–ecological systems: applying a gender lens

Cohen, Philippa J., Lawless, Sarah, Dyer, Michelle, Morgan, Miranda, Saeni, Enly, Teioli, Helen, and Kantor, Paula (2016) Understanding adaptive capacity and capacity to innovate in social–ecological systems: applying a gender lens. Ambio, 45 (Supplement 3). pp. 309-321.

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Abstract

Development policy increasingly focuses on building capacities to respond to change (adaptation), and to drive change (innovation). Few studies, however, focus specifically on the social and gender differentiation of capacities to adapt and innovate. We address this gap using a qualitative study in three communities in Solomon Islands; a developing country, where rural livelihoods and well-being are tightly tied to agriculture and fisheries. We find the five dimensions of capacity to adapt and to innovate (i.e. assets, flexibility, learning, social organisation, agency) to be mutually dependant. For example, limits to education, physical mobility and agency meant that women and youth, particularly, felt it was difficult to establish relations with external agencies to access technical support or new information important for innovating or adapting. Willingness to bear risk and to challenge social norms hindered both women’s and men’s capacity to innovate, albeit to differing degrees. Our findings are of value to those aspiring for equitable improvements to well-being within dynamic and diverse social–ecological systems.

Item ID: 46501
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1654-7209
Keywords: agriculture; community development; fisheries; Pacific resilience
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Funders: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems
Projects and Grants: ACIAR grant FIS/2012/074
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 04:36
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169905 Studies of Pacific Peoples Societies @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies @ 20%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences @ 50%
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