Dr. Geronimo Gussmann

Postdoctoral Researcher
Adaptation and Social Learning

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Geronimo is a postdoctoral researcher in the Adaptation and Social Learning process. As a political economist, he studies the governance of adapting to climate change. His research interests are coastal adaptation, climate migration and nature-based solutions.

In his PhD (obtained from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), he applied methods from Institutional Economics and Political Science to study the governance of coastal adaptation in the Maldives. Starting with a policy evaluation of coastal risk and adaptation policies, his thesis continued to analyze relocation policy change with the Multiple Streams Framework and concluded with a comparative Process Tracing study of two post-Tsunami relocations in Laamu atoll, Maldives.

Currently, Geronimo investigates the social acceptance (politics, interests and conflicts) of nature-based solutions (e.g. beach nourishments and managed retreat) at the German Baltic coast. He also co-develops coastal climate services in the Maldives together with local stakeholders and decision-makers. Moreover, he initiated and leads the international CULTURES symposia series that brings together leading social scientists working on coastal adaptation, addressing questions relating to how coastal cultures emerged, how they developed, and how sea-level rise changes them.

Selected Publications:

Gussmann, G., Hinkel, J. (2021). Vested interests, rather than adaptation considerations, explain varying post-tsunami relocation outcomes in Laamu atoll, Maldives” in One Earth, 4, pp. 1468–1476, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2021.09.004

Gussmann, G., Hinkel, J. (2021). A framework for assessing the potential effectiveness of adaptation policies: Coastal risks and sea-level rise in the Maldives. Environmental Science & Policy. Volume 115: 35-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2020.09.028

Gussmann, G., Hinkel, J., (2020). What drives relocation policies in the Maldives? Climatic Change 163, 931–951. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-020-02919-8