From Crisis to Community: Exploring Informal Leadership and Rural Women in Community Resilience and Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change

dc.contributor.authorParekh, Larissa of Environmental Design and Rural Developmenten of Science
dc.description.abstractAs climate change continues to threaten the most vulnerable communities, strengthening community resilience and engaging in adaptation methods is critically needed. Developing countries and rural communities are often most susceptible to climatic impacts, and with the increased frequency of natural disasters and unpredictable weather causing concern for agricultural practices and exacerbation of inequalities, community resilience and community-based adaptation plans are of the utmost importance. Informal leaders are members of communities that hold no formal position within institutions or policy-making decisions, yet they hold great responsibility in the success of community capacity and strengthening of social capital. Rural women, more specifically, bring unique experiences and contextualized knowledge that contribute to creating sustainable community-based adaptation methods within rural communities. This research aims to better understand rural women in developing countries and their role as informal leaders for community-based adaptation and responses to global climate change. This paper serves as an introduction to how informal leadership and social capital drives the success of community-based adaptation to climate change within rural communities in developing countries, with an emphasis on women-focused experience and contextualized knowledge.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectcommunity resilienceen_US
dc.subjectcommunity-based adaptationen_US
dc.subjectrural leadershipen_US
dc.subjectclimate changeen_US
dc.subjectinformal leadershipen_US
dc.subjectrural womenen_US
dc.subjectGlobal Southen_US
dc.subjectdeveloping countriesen_US
dc.subjectclimate change adaptationen_US
dc.subjectsocial capitalen_US
dc.subjectlocal knowledgeen_US
dc.subjectcontextualized knowledgeen_US
dc.subjectdisaster planningen_US
dc.subjectknowledge systemsen_US
dc.subjectvulnerable communitiesen_US
dc.subjectcapacity developmenten_US
dc.subjectasset-based community developmenten_US
dc.subjectfeminist political ecologyen_US
dc.titleFrom Crisis to Community: Exploring Informal Leadership and Rural Women in Community Resilience and Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Changeen_US
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