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Paasi, A. (2023), Regional geographies of climate change. Tijds. voor econ. en Soc. Geog., 114: 71-78.

Regional geographies of climate change

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Author: Paasi, Anssi1
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, 90014 Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-08-30


This essay is a commentary on Peter Taylor’s article ‘The geographical ontology challenge in attending to anthropogenic climate change: regional geography revisited’. Taylor’s article develops, in the context climate change, several themes that he has outlined during his long career. This commentary focuses particularly on the contested (discursive) regional, regional geographical and state-centric frames critically examined in Taylor’s paper. Despite the mushrooming literature on climate change, ontological issues related to regionality/spatialities explored by Taylor have been largely overlooked. He introduces a useful multi-scalar and multi-dimensional framework for problematizing the ontologies of the spatialities related to climate change emergency. This commentary focuses on this framework in the context of regional geography. Since regional/territorial, particularly state-centric frames are frequently taken for granted, Taylor’s proposal is very welcome and provides a valuable addition not only to the debate on climate change but also to the ongoing resurgence of regional geography and regional thinking.

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Series: Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie
ISSN: 0040-747X
ISSN-E: 1467-9663
ISSN-L: 0040-747X
Volume: 114
Issue: 2
Pages: 71 - 78
DOI: 10.1111/tesg.12553
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
1172 Environmental sciences
Copyright information: © 2023 The Authors. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Royal Dutch Geographical Society / Koninklijk Nederlands Aardrijkskundig Genootschap. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.