Policing and community resilience in the context of climate change

This project will deepen our understanding of climate vulnerabilities and identify strategies and best practices employed by local policing and governance actors to mitigate them. The research will also highlight ways in which local communities are adapting to the impacts of climate change.

Project aims

This research aims to address gaps in knowledge about the impacts of climate change on vulnerable groups, local communities and emergency services in the UK. Additionally, it seeks to identify strategies for mitigating climate vulnerabilities and adapting to climate change. The project is underpinned by the following objectives:

  • To examine the role and function of the police and Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) in the context of climate change.
  • To understand how the police and LRFs categorise and track climate vulnerability, and how this preparation shapes localised response, mitigation and adaptation strategies and practices.
  • To provide insights into the ways in which LRFs engage with local communities and leverage community-based groups to promote local resilience.
  • To develop a scalable framework for future research consisting of multiple regional and national resilience partnerships across the UK.

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