Cultures of Adaptation Network (CAN)


What is this site for?

This is the official site of the Cultures of Adaptation Network (CAN) international consortium. On this website, you can find information on the current (ongoing) research projects aligned with the network, organized events, and memberships.

What does this network do?

CAN facilitates international and interdisciplinary collaboration between individuals and organizations studying climate change adaptation. The network also organizes seminars, lectures, and an annual conference during which network members and research fellows can share and discuss their research.

What is our research objective?

Research asserts that local cultural differences in perceiving and handling climate change lead to local limits of adaptation and inadequate transfer of climate-related knowledge and practices. This presents a crucial challenge for current planning-oriented research on climate change adaptation because it often overlooks how local/regional differences in ‘climate cultures’ are rooted in policy planning. In turn, these challenges are the foremost hurdles to sustainable development at the time of climate change. Developing a comprehensive and holistic understanding of how similarities and differences in climate cultures have been evolving can inform us whether a global understanding of climate culture can feed into designing local solutions.

Who are we?

CAN has nine board members, representing the interdisciplinary character of the network. The network encourages scholars, practitioners, students, and activists to become members of the network. Through their membership, they are invited to the network’s events and can contribute to ongoing research. Interested in becoming a member of the network? Click here.