Climate change adaptation programs in the Solomon Islands : a study of perceptions and relationships. (2019)
Type of ContentElectronic Thesis or Dissertation
Degree NameMaster of Arts
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury
AuthorsButcher, Scottshow all
This thesis looks at perceptions and relationship of those involved in climate change adaption programmes in the Solomon Islands. Climate change adaptation (CCA) programs have become a major part of donor response to climate change in the Pacific. In this research a semi-ethnographic approach was employed, supported by a case studies approach. Data was incorporated from semi-structured interviews, participant observation and relevant literature. This thesis sought to examine how perceptions and relationships influence stakeholders involved in CCA programs, but also how beliefs regarding climate change programs create a distinct program culture. The research concludes that CCA program culture was influenced by neoliberal ideology, expressed through audit and contract culture, perceptions of cultural deficit, aversion to risk and even efforts to co-opt existing institutions to support program delivery. Recommendations are made on the potential of further research utilising a perspectives and relationships based approach to provide a holistic representation of stakeholder worldviews.