Empowerment of individuals and realization of community agency: applying action research to climate change responses in Australia

Hall, Nina L., Taplin, Ros and Goldstein, Wendy (2010) Empowerment of individuals and realization of community agency: applying action research to climate change responses in Australia. Action Research, 8 1: 71-91. doi:10.1177/1476750309335203


Author Hall, Nina L.
Taplin, Ros
Goldstein, Wendy
Title Empowerment of individuals and realization of community agency: applying action research to climate change responses in Australia
Journal name Action Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1476-7503
1741-2617
Publication date 2010-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1476750309335203
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 8
Issue 1
Start page 71
End page 91
Total pages 21
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Using Participatory Action Research (PAR), the research presented here sought to resolve the problematic of whether climate group-initiated legislation could stimulate effective policy action on climate change. In late 2006, Australian public concern about the impacts of climate change and the Federal Government's weak response became more pronounced due to increased media coverage and international developments. Locally based citizens' 'climate groups' began to form, including Climate Action Coogee (CAC) in Sydney. CAC wrote their own Australian Climate Protection Bill after being motivated by the UK's grassroots success in developing and promoting the UK Climate Change Bill. This article documents 10 months of the project, from inception to widespread grassroots endorsement and political awareness of the Bill. The use of PAR processes tested and further developed the theory of double-loop learning and its applicability to such a project. These processes allowed CAC coparticipants to experience a transformation in their agency through developing their personal and collective political power. The project contributed to legislative outcomes on climate change. The findings contribute to academic literature by demonstrating the effectiveness of PAR in guiding social movement campaigns.
Keyword Agency
Australia
Climate change
Grassroots
Participatory Action Research (PAR)
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Global Change Institute Publications
 
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