Competing conflicts in coastal climate change adaptation: rethinking binaries

Tayanah O’Donnell

Director, Future Earth Australia, Australian Academy of Science, ANU


Legal geography has become more than a focus on spatialised law in its myriad forms. These differentiations include renewed focus on temporality (Valverde, 2015); materiality (Graham and Godden, 2018), pluralism and spatial justice (Robinson and Graham, 2017) and the spatial as represented through a political ecology lens (Gillespie and Salgo, 2018; O’Donnell, 2019).

This presentation will explore these recent cross cutting tensions in the context of coastal climate change adaptation conflicts.


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