Adapting to climate change: the role of organisational personalities in natural resource management

Hobday, Alistair J., Doerr, Veronica A.J., Marshall, Nadine A., Cvitanovic, Christopher, and Lim-Camacho, Lilly (2018) Adapting to climate change: the role of organisational personalities in natural resource management. Regional Environmental Change, 18 (2). pp. 561-571.

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Abstract

Preparing for climate change represents a significant challenge to environmental managers and is influenced by their ability to access and use the latest information. However, communicating and delivering adaption science across diverse stakeholder groups remain a significant challenge. We explore the utility of concepts from personality research to improve understanding of stakeholder capacity. Specifically, we defined eight potential climate-related personality 'axes' for natural resource management (NRM) organisations. We surveyed 80% of Australia's 56 regional NRM organisations to characterise their traits in relation to these axes. Through cluster analysis and trait mapping, we defined six NRM 'personality types'. These types were unrelated to external factors such as geographic location or land use activities. Rather, five organisational personality axes were important in defining personality type: where information is sourced, strategic skill sets for learning and reorganising, perceptions of risk and the ability to manage for uncertainty, perceptions of the role of NRM groups, and strategies for engagement. Identifying NRM personality type allows organisations to identify and capitalise on their strengths to target their adaptation efforts to maximise success. Organisations can also recognise what they might find most challenging and deliberately collaborate with other personalities with strengths in those areas. Finally, information providers can better understand how to tailor information delivery for improved knowledge exchange between research providers and organisations responsible for sustainability of natural resources, which enables stronger relationships and facilitates evidence-based decision-making.

Item ID: 52744
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1436-378X
Keywords: Adaptive capacity, Capacity-building, Decision-making processes, Climate adaptation, Knowledge exchange, Knowledge transfer
Copyright Information: © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017.
Funders: Australian Government National NRM Impacts and Adaptation project
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2018 07:42
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 100%
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