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Governance processes and the capacity for adaptive urban and regional planning

This research explores how multilevel governance strategies can allow societies to respond more adaptively to the effects of climate change in urban regions. The multilevel aspects of governance will be analyzed within three case studies in the coastal Baltic Sea region. The analysis focuses on how different administrative levels act in response to climate change, which governmental and non-governmental stakeholders are involved (and which not), how the stakeholders interact across levels, and which institutional arrangements are used in current practices of climate adaptation. In a reflection on the analysis, recommendations are given in order to search for a match between the levels of governance and the specific context of climate adaptation in urban regions.


Bart Jan Davidse, Spatial Planning, bartjan.davidse[at]hcu-hamburg.de