Method Development for Identifying and Analysing Stakeholders in Climate Change Adaptation Processes

Submitted by Michael Rastall | published 2nd Aug 2012 | last updated 5th Jan 2023
Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning Front Cover


Through a case study approach, based on studies of two Swedish urban regions, Stockholm and Gothenburg, this paper proposes a systematic method to analyze and identify stakeholder roles and responsibilities in adaptation.

It is now widely recognized that stakeholder interaction and dialogue is essential to improve decisions about and awareness of climate change. The term ‘stakeholder’ is broad and researchers and practitioners may have interrelated and contrasting views on who is a stakeholder or who is (or should be) responsible for adaptation to climate change. To engage stakeholders in research or other projects on adaptation thus requires a careful mapping of the stakeholder landscape and identification of relevant actors at different levels. 

An initial mapping exercise was complemented by participatory studies of local and regional stakeholders’ perceptions of who is, or should be, involved in adaptation and their significance for climate change adaptation in the respective regions. The results indicate the value of careful stakeholder analysis for sustainable, effective, planned adaptation that is flexible, but also systematic enough to fulfil practical and scientific requirements for the study and advancement of ongoing adaptation processes and implementation.

This weADAPT article is an abridged version of the original text, which can be downloaded from the right-hand column. Please access the original text for more detail, research purposes, full references, or to quote text. 

Further resources

  • Suggested citation:

    André, K., Simonsson, L., Swartling, Å.G., Linnér, B.-O., (2012). Method Development for Identifying and Analysing Stakeholders in Climate Change Adaptation Processes. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning.