Scaling up community action for tackling climate change

Shaw, D., Cumbers, A., McMaster, R. and Crossan, J. (2018) Scaling up community action for tackling climate change. British Journal of Management, 29(2), pp. 266-278. (doi:10.1111/1467-8551.12274)

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Abstract

Tackling climate change requires a set of deeply intertwined geographical responsibilities whereby actors at and across different geographical scales are intimately connected. Creating effective strategies requires far more than an invocation for individual behavioural change in thinking globally and acting locally, but attention to the multi‐scalar conflicts, tensions and also opportunities to develop the most appropriate collective responses. In this paper, we use the example of community gardening initiatives in a large UK city to critically interrogate the problems facing groups at the local neighbourhood level in pursuing sustainability agendas. We focus on the organizational imperative to create a multi‐scalar food policy partnership at the city level as a way of confronting dominant global neoliberal urban competitiveness agendas. Our results emphasize the critical importance of scalar politics in enabling effective climate change strategies.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Management of technology and innovation, strategy and management, general business, management and accounting.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McMaster, Professor Robert and Shaw, Professor Deirdre and Crossan, Dr John and Cumbers, Professor Andrew
Authors: Shaw, D., Cumbers, A., McMaster, R., and Crossan, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:British Journal of Management
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1045-3172
ISSN (Online):1467-8551
Published Online:15 April 2018

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