Disputation: Gail Hochachka

Master of Geography Gail Hochachka will be defending her dissertation for the degree of Ph.D. (philosophiae doctor) at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography.

A Matter of Meaning: Integrating the Deeper Human Dimensions of Climate Change Adaptation to Support Transformations to Sustainability in a Global Coffee Value Chain

Bildet kan inneholde: briller, briller, hår, smil, synsomsorg.

Hybrid disputation

The disputation is going to be streamed via Zoom webinar. You can download zoom here. For more information: digital disputation

Ex auditorio opponenter: It is only possible to ask questions as an ex auditorio if you are physically present in the auditorium.

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Trial lecture (The recording is going to be available here from December 1st): How can transdisciplinarity support actors to effect transformative responses to climate change?


Adjudication Committee:

  • Professor David Manuel-Navarrete, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, USA
  • Associate Professor Laura Pereira, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South-Africa
  • Professor David Jordhus-Lier, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

Chair of Defence:

  • Professor Hege Merete Knutsen, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo


  • Professor Karen O'Brien, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

This thesis presents transdisciplinary research in climate change adaptation in Guatemalan coffee-producing communities, within the larger calls for transformation to sustainability. Through action research with actors in a global coffee value chain, the study seeks to understand why people make-meaning of climate change as they do, as well as how shared meaning and greater collaboration can be found within multi-actor groups. Attention is paid to human ‘interiority’ and processes of meaning-making as well as how these psychological and social aspects might be integrated in a more integral, transdisciplinary approach to adaptation. Findings include how a global coffee value chain is adapting and responding to the climate challenge, and how its innovations might be scaled. Additional insights are also provided regarding responses to COVID-19 pandemic compared to that of climate change, considering the significance of an integral approach to unprecedented, complex issues. The thesis is comprised of five articles which, taken together, consider how climate change adaptation can be engaged as transformative change.


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Publisert 11. nov. 2021 10:00 - Sist endret 29. nov. 2021 11:39