Introduction: understanding adaptation in the context of social theory
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The past two decades have witnessed significant evolution of adaptation policy and practice in concert with rapid evolution of adaptation research. Despite that evolution, the adaptation research enterprise remains mired in narrow theoretical perspectives regarding the social dynamics of adaptation. In particular, the dominance of case study approaches to understanding adaptation processes, combined with a historical reliance on theories regarding social learning and collaboration, have left adaptation researchers and practitioners challenged to comprehensively understand adaptation processes or generate new insights regarding how to design interventions to effect change. The key objective of this Research Handbook is to explore alternative and additional perspectives of adaptation across different theoretical, sectoral and geographic contexts. These perspectives help to identify pathways for making more effective use of social including policy sciences to understand and effect change.

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