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Social, Economic and Institutional Network of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

The Social, Economic and Institutional (SEI) network is a large, inclusive and diverse community of researchers, practitioners and decision makers from universities, government, the private sector and civil society.

In alignment with the National Climate Change Research Facility (NCCARF), the SEI-network is hosted by the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast and in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology, University of Canberra, University of Adelaide, Murdoch University and Girringun Aboriginal Corporation.

This NCCARF theme is concerned with the following dimensions of climate adaptation:

  • social dimensions: the relationships between different people and groups, and patterns of behaviours, attitudes, and understanding reflected in (and transmitted by) culture that determine the goals of adaptation, the capacity to adapt, and the effectiveness of outcomes,
  • economic dimensions: the economic activities embedded in society, primarily related to the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services through markets;
  • institutional dimension: the formal and informal rules as well as organisational arrangements governing human interactions, including social and economic activities.

The SEI-network is driving thinking across sectors and disciplines in the complex social, economic and institutional dimensions of climate adaptation.

An understanding of these dimensions will allow decision makers to develop more effective adaptation measures towards the impacts of climate change.

One of the SEI-networks key outputs is the National Adaptation Research Plan for the Social, Economic and Institutional Dimensions of climate change, an Australian Government endorsed plan.

This document identifies research needs to provide decision makers within government, industry and communities with the information they need to effectively respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change on social, economic & institutional dimensions.

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