The (hydro)power and politics of climate change adaptation
AuthorDenniss, Rebecca Joy
AffiliationOffice for Environmental Programs
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Document TypeMasters Coursework thesis
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Within Australia’s energy sector, there are multiple drivers for adaptation in the context of the changing climate and the wider structural transition that is currently underway. The multiple drivers for adaptation—including, importantly, political economic drivers—are not adequately theorised in most adaptation literature. This thesis explores climate change adaptation and vulnerability within Australia’s energy sector through an in-depth case study of Tasmania’s hydroelectricity network and the recent ‘energy crisis’. The energy crisis highlights the vulnerability of Tasmania’s electricity network to the hydrological impacts of climate change and its reliance on a single piece of critical infrastructure for its energy security. This thesis examines the multiple and conflicting drivers for adaptive responses within Tasmania’s hydroelectricity network and implications for vulnerability. The findings of this thesis contribute to gaps in the literature and provide insights relevant to energy governance in Australia in the context of the changing climate and wider structural changes.
Keywordsclimate change adaptation; vulnerability; hydroelectricity; energy governance; political economy
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