A new paper published today tests the effect of attachment to place and identity on transformational capacity through a survey of peanut farmers in Queensland, Australia. There were proposals for a large-scale move of the peanut industry from SE Queensland to Katherine in the Northern Territories as an adaptation to anticipated climate change. This move, involving the translocation of processing and services and other support to the sector, and migration of individual farming families would constitute a transformation. In the climate change literature, attachment to place and occupational identity are often posited as supporting adaptive capacity; however our analysis shows that they are likely to undermine transformational capacity. In this way we show how transformation may require a different set of capacities than adaptation.
Authors: Marshall, N., Park, S, Adger, N., Brown. K., Howden, M
Environmental Research Letters 7 (2012) 034022.