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Understanding Uncertainty and Climate Change: Views from India

29th November 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Seminar with Lyla Mehta, Shilpi Srivastava and Lars Otto Naess
Research Fellows, IDS

The scale and impacts of climate change remain deeply uncertain. This is particularly true at the local level, where climate related uncertainties combined with accelerated growth trajectories often exacerbate social and political inequities and the vulnerabilities of marginalised communities. Policy makers and scientists tend to draw on quantitative assessments, models and scenario building to understand and capture uncertainty, often disconnected from how local people – particularly those living at the margins – make sense of and cope with uncertainty.

This seminar will discuss findings from an ongoing project in three sites in India (Kutch, Sundarbans and Mumbai), funded by the Research Council of Norway, focusing on how uncertainty is understood and experienced from ‘below’ by the lived experiences of local people, how it is conceptualised and represented from ‘above’ by climate scientists and experts and how the ‘middle’ – civil society, NGOs, academics – can potentially function as brokers between the ‘below’ and ‘above’.

This seminar relates to the ongoing project on Climate change, uncertainty and transformation hosted by NMBU (Norway), which builds on the earlier STEPS Centre project Uncertainty From Below.

The event is part of the Climate and Development seminar series convened by the Institute of Development Studies.


29th November 2018
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Convening Space, Institute of Development Studies
Library Road, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RE United Kingdom
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