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Action Research to Enhance Inter-Organisational Coordination of Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific

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International Centre for Environmental Management, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia
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Environmental Studies Program, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
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Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra, Bruce ACT 2617, Australia
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Challenges 2020, 11(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/challe11010008
Received: 8 April 2020 / Revised: 13 May 2020 / Accepted: 21 May 2020 / Published: 27 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Challenges: 10th Anniversary)
Pacific regional organisations focusing on climate change have overlapping adaptation-related mandates. With the growing importance of regional organisations in supplying financial and technical resources for climate adaptation in small island developing states, it is important to understand how well these supranational organisations work together on these issues. In this paper, theories of regionalism and neofunctionalism, complex systems, and superordinate group identity are used to design an action research project that tests the level of coordination between Pacific regional organisations. It presents and discusses a pre-analysis plan for the project, the goal of which is to determine the ways in which virtual team structure can be used to enhance inter-organisational coordination of adaptation interventions across small, dispersed, resource-constrained country jurisdictions. The proposed study represents an important intermediary step in developing more robust climate-related organisational policies at the regional scale in the Pacific and beyond. View Full-Text
Keywords: action research; climate change adaptation; coordination; Pacific; regional organisations; small island developing states; superordinate group identity; virtual team structure action research; climate change adaptation; coordination; Pacific; regional organisations; small island developing states; superordinate group identity; virtual team structure
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Gilfillan, D.; Robinson, S.-A.; Barrowman, H. Action Research to Enhance Inter-Organisational Coordination of Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific. Challenges 2020, 11, 8.

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