Working together? Inter-organisational cooperation on climate change adaptation


Aleksandra Kazmierczak


Adaptive actions are necessary in order to maintain the liveability of cities, which face higher temperatures and increased frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events. Due to the complexity of urban systems, effective planning and implementation of adaptation to climate change impacts in urban areas requires a collaborative approach between different types of organisations.

This research investigates the extent of inter-organisational cooperation on climate change adaptation in the context of Greater Manchester. Social network analysis was carried out in order to explore the levels of communication and collaboration on climate change adaptation among 93 public, private and third sector stakeholders at spatial scales ranging from local to national.

The results emphasise the importance of regional public bodies as climate change adaptation knowledge brokers and stress the role of the third-sector organisations in facilitating collaboration on climate change adaptation. The findings also indicate strong position of organisations at local and Greater Manchester levels in both the communication and collaboration networks. The abolition of the regional tier of government and the threat of removal or restructuring of certain non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) may have a negative impact on the density and functioning of the network of organisations involved in climate change adaptation in the context of GM.