Practice case study

Adaptation to address inequalities research (Newcastle)

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Newcastle City Council jointly funded a PhD with Northumbria University to explore whether it was possible to adapt to climate change whilst also reducing inequalities, as those affected by climate change are usually least able to prepare, respond and recover. A key council priority is ‘Tackling Inequalities’ and so the Council wanted to gain an insight into how to embed this into its operations and activities, including the types of approach needed to most effectively address inequality during adaptation, and where the Council may need to develop new capacity to address this.