Graham Sustainability Institute

Defining and classifying personal and household climate change adaptation behaviors

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

With climate change increasingly affecting individuals’ day-to-day lives, interest is growing in the personal and household adaptation behaviors that people can engage in. 

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Carman, J., & Zint, M. (2020). Defining and classifying personal and household climate change adaptation behaviors. Global Environmental Change 61.

Highlights of this article:

  • Personal and household behavior is a growing climate change adaptation strategy.
  • A systematic literature review identified behaviors researchers consider adaptive.
  • Personal and household adaptation behaviors are classified into eight types.
  • A comprehensive definition of personal and household adaptation behavior is proposed.
  • Adaptation research should consider both personal and systemic effects of behaviors.

Jennifer P. Carman is a Dow Doctoral Fellow Alumna and a Ph.D. candidate (Resource Policy & Behavior) in the School for Environment and Sustainability