Social Capital, Resilience and Adaptation on Small Islands

Climate Change on the Isles of Scilly

  • Jan Petzold

Part of the Climate Change Management book series (CCM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Jan Petzold
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  3. Jan Petzold
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  4. Jan Petzold
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  5. Jan Petzold
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 187-195

About this book


The book deals with the role of social capital regarding its potential to increase small islands’ adaptive capacity to climate change. The case study of the Isles of Scilly, UK, shows how social structures can play a very important role for climate change adaptation. It is argued that social features have to be understood in a non-deterministic and potentially ambivalent manner, according to their place-specific geographical, cultural and historical context. Only then, risk management and adaptation strategies can succeed and function in a sustainable way. 

The findings have relevance for the further refinement of social capital theory and social emergence. Combined with the perspective of resilience, this approach is also relevant from a policy standpoint, given that small islands have been identified as hotspots not only due to their vulnerability, but also because they serve as examples for media and politics to advance the agenda of environmental protection. >


Sea-Level Rise Small Islands Climate Change Adaptation Social Capital Resilience

Authors and affiliations

  • Jan Petzold
    • 1
  1. 1.Biosciences - Integrative EcophysiologyAlfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine ResearchBremenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-52224-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-52225-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1610-2010
  • Series Online ISSN 1610-2002
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