Climate change poses increasing threats and challenges to communities around the world. Those most affected, however, are often those who are already most disadvantaged in society

In the UK, for example, many people affected by flooding live in social housing originally built on cheap land on the floodplain. While the need to enhance resilience is increasingly recognised, there has been limited on-ground action that specifically focuses on climate disadvantage. The Scottish Borders Climate Resilient Communities Project (SBCRC) used action research to improve understanding and approaches to building climate resilience in Scotland. 

Who was involved?

The project was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, through their climate change and communities programme. It was primarily led by the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience at the University of Dundee and the Scottish Borders Council, in collaboration with the Tweed Forum, Southern Uplands Partnership; International Futures Forum; Scottish Association for Marine Science. The project worked with three communities in the Scottish Borders: Peebles, Hawick and Newcastleton through a participatory process.


The findings highlight the need for much greater holistic approaches to community resilience to both address the integrated challenges but also to identify key opportunities that emerge from a more integrated and synergistic approach to the challenges facing communities.

Project team

Emergency Planning Officer - Jim Fraser, Scottish Borders Council -

Project Evaluator - Jennifer Rao-Williams - 

Project Officer - Esther Carmen -


Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Scottish Borders Council

Tweed Forum

Southern Uplands Partnership

International Futures Forum

Scottish Association for Marine Science