The past two centuries of industrialisation have been signified by the emergence of the Anthropocene, a period of unprecedented human development coupled with immeasurable degradation to the life-supporting biosphere. Of these anthropogenic influences, climate change represents an immense challenge, not only are there practical challenges in terms of settlements and infrastructure, but also cause for deeper reflection on the ecological tradeoffs entwined with the pursuit of human progress. At the core of this challenge is our sense of place - the lived experience, meanings, and values that imbue the spaces we inhabit and define what it means to be human. This study presents a constructive critique of sense of place as a foundational strategy for adaptive capacity and climate action by examining the general assumption that there is a link between sense of place and climate change adaptive capacity.
Submitted in the fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2014.