Adaptation and Social Learning

Research Line Leader:
Jochen Hinkel



Support climate change adaptation through the analysis of actors, networks, institutions, decisions, risks and opportunities involved in the process of adaptation.


Major finding:

  • Adaptation is a continuous learning process between actors and institutions at all levels of decision making.
  • In many cases adaptation involves collective action and overcoming social dilemma .
  • Advancing adaptation research needs a more precise and differentiated language than currently in use.
  • Coastal populations are threatened by both climate-induced sea-level as well as ongoing coastal development, urbanization and coastward migration.
  • On a global level, adapting to sea-level rise by building dikes is cheaper than the cost of inaction.


Funding agents:
European Commission and other sources.


Related projects:

  • Institutional Economics of Adaptation



Investment-ortiented climate policy

February 19th + March 3rd, 2015

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IPCC sea-level rise scenarios not fit for purpose for high-risk coastal areas

The sea-level rise scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) do not...


Climate Finance and Sustainable Economic Recovery

published on Handelsblatt Online (September 23, 2014)>...

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