Human Security

Jon Barnett

in The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199566600
Published online January 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Human Security


Climate change poses risks to the basic needs, human rights, and core values of individuals and communities. These risks are increasingly being described as risks to human security, which contrast with the more abstract notion that climate change poses risks to national security. This article focuses on the first of the commonly agreed climate change and security issues — that is the linkages between climate change and human security. It defines some of the key concepts of vulnerability, adaptation, and human security, which all come together in research and policy on climate change and human security. The relationship between these concepts is explained, as is the distinction between securities as is it has traditionally been understood within the discipline of political science, and human security. Furthermore this article provides an overview of the critical and applied uses of the concept of human security as it relates to climate change.

Keywords: human security; political science; national security; basic needs; core values; communities

Article.  5708 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations ; Public Policy

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