Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Amanda Carrico

Second Advisor

Dale Miller

Third Advisor

Stephanie Renfrow


Anthropogenic climate change is transforming the natural environment, directly undermining the wellbeing of global populations and placing considerable stress on livelihood systems. In developing countries, the prominence of climate-sensitive sectors, primarily subsistence farming, promotes the conditional relationship between individual livelihoods and climate variability. This report analyzes and interprets the relationship between the five types of capital, adaptive behavior, and sustainable livelihood outcomes in the context of Sri Lanka. Utilizing data collected during the ADAPT – Sri Lanka project, I completed a statistical analysis that aimed to identify the role of capital in promoting adaptive behavior and securing sustainable livelihood outcomes among farmers in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. While each type of capital shared a statistical relationship with adaptive behavior and sustainable livelihoods, financial and social capital had the most prevalent relationship. Furthermore, identifying valuable forms of capital is crucial in guiding both national and international efforts to build resilient systems in the face of climate change.