Conflicting securities: contributions to a critical research agenda on climate security

Corinne Lamain*

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Climate change is increasingly presented as a security issue; this ‘climate security’ discourse arguably imparts an even greater sense of urgency to the already alarming climate crisis. This article argues that the grounding for this narrative is thin, while its adoption in powerful avenues and thus its implications are substantial. Budgets for climate mitigation and adaptation measures, which often seek to control natural resources by assigning a monetary value to them, rise steadily. Ironically, climate policies themselves frequently contribute to socio-environmental conflicts, further marginalizing the users of land, water and forests. It is therefore important to disentangle whether and how climate security discourses further shape climate investments, to identify the key actors involved and to examine the part they play in socio-environmental conflicts. The article argues that a critical research agenda, based on but going beyond political ecology, is needed for more socially and environmentally just climate interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1257-1272
Number of pages16
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2022

Bibliographical note

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The research agenda proposed in this paper relates to my PhD research. I am indebted to many people, including my current promotor Professor Dr Saturnino (Jun) Borras, who inspired me to develop a PhD proposal; my two co-supervisors, Professor Ashok Swain and Professor Murat Arsel who have provided critical and thought-provoking insights; and members of the Political Ecology group at ISS, who have challenged and expanded my world view. I am also grateful to Professor Tor Benjaminsen, Daniela Calmon, Dr Julien-Francois Gerber, Dr Joeri Scholtens, Yukari Sekine and Henk Molenaar for their advice, comments and support. And, importantly, Paula Bownas for perfect editing.

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© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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