Policy Press

Ecologies of Care in Times of Climate Change

Water Security in the Global Context

By Michael Buser


Jun 26, 2024

Page count

164 pages




234 x 156 mm


Bristol University Press
Ecologies of Care in Times of Climate Change

This book investigates and analyses places in Europe, North America and Asia that are facing the immense challenges associated with climate change adaptation. Presenting real-world cases in the contexts of coastal change, drinking water and the cryosphere, Michael Buser shows how the concept of care can be applied to water security and climate adaptation.

Exploring the everyday and often hidden ways in which water security is accomplished, the book demonstrates the pervasiveness and power of care to contribute to flourishing lives and communities in times of climate change.

“This timely and innovative book, underpinned by examples from around the world, centres the power of storytelling and ethics of care in precisely calibrated, accessible narratives about water futures and climate change.” Owain Jones, Bath Spa University

“An inspiring and novel interdisciplinary perspective on the crucial role of human–environment relationships in climate change adaptation.” Jan Petzold, Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München

“Employing concepts of care assemblages, care work and ecologies of care in novel ways, this book will be invaluable reading for scholars of water security and climate change.” David Conradson, University of Canterbury

Michael Buser is Associate Professor of Collaborative Community Practice at the University of the West of England. He conducts socially engaged, interdisciplinary and participatory research on the themes of water security and wellbeing.

1.Climate Stories: Making Sense of the Climate Emergency and Water Security

2.Care and Water Security

3.Care Practices in the Provision of Drinking Water

4. The Water–Land Interface: Care in the Face of Coastal Change

5. In Lands of Snow and Ice

6. Ecologies of Care