Climate Urbanism

Towards a Critical Research Agenda

Editors: Castán Broto, Vanesa, Robin, Enora, While, Aidan (Eds.)

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  • Advances a research agenda to explore the emerging era of climate urbanism
  • Explores how climate urbanism is embraced, promoted, or contested
  • Highlights how cities are central to the climate change politics
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This book argues that the relationship between cities and climate change is entering a new and more urgent phase. Thirteen contributions from a range of leading scholars explore the need to rethink and reorient urban life in response to climatic change. Split into four parts it begins by asking ‘What is climate urbanism?’ and exploring key features from different locations and epistemological traditions. The second section examines the transformative potential of climate urbanism to challenge social and environmental injustices within and between cities. In the third part authors interrogate current knowledge paradigms underpinning climate and urban science and how they shape contemporary urban trajectories. The final section focuses on the future, envisaging climate urbanism as a new communal project, and focuses on the role of citizens and non-state actors in driving transformative action. 
Consolidating debates on climate urbanism, the book highlights the opportunities and tensions of urban environmental policy, providing a framework for researchers and practitioners to respond to the urban challenges of a radically climate-changed world.


About the authors

Vanesa Castán Broto is Professorial Fellow at the Urban Institute in the University of Sheffield, UK. She currently leads the projects Low Carbon Action in Ordinary Cities, LOACT (European Research Council) and Community energy and sustainable energy transitions in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, CESET (UK Global Challenges Research Fund). 
Enora Robin is Research Fellow at the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield, UK, where her work explores how climate change reshapes everyday living in cities. Her research currently investigates the reconfiguration of energy infrastructure systems in Ghana and Mozambique.  
Aidan While is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and co-director of the Urban Institute at the University of Sheffield, UK. He has researched urban environmental policy since the early 1990s, charting the ebb and flow of climate policy and its intersections with economic and social policy in cities in Europe, Asia and North America.

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“In times of a fast-changing world characterized by growing population, environmental change, biodiversity loss, contested economic structure, frequency of natural hazards and climate change, it is time to not only act but also ponder about what possible futures of the planet of cities will be. This book is a timely addition to text that walks us through a soul-searching process on the blunt of climate change on cities and how city futures can be shaped.  This is the material for city futures.”
(Shuaib Lwasa, Associate Professor, Department of Geography Geoinformatics and Climatic Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda)
 “With the outskirts of major cities still scorched by the devastating 2019-2020 fires season and major environmental issues in question at the heart of the COVID-19 crisis, there might be no better time to reform our climate approaches in cities. In Climate Urbanism Castán Broto, Robin and While seek to make amend to the limits of climate-focused urban research, and to draw up a new agenda for action. Rich in insights, both theoretical and empirical, emanating from a variety of viewpoints and experiences, the volume is a truly refreshing mix of expertise with an explicitly transformative aim. Progressive, emancipatory and explicit about its own contradictions, it is a must read for anyone itching to get out there and build a different kind of urban life.”
(Prof Michele Acuto, director of the Connected Cities Lab, University of Melbourne, Australia)
 “A critical and novel contribution from top climate social scientists examining the potential and contradictions of climate urbanism for an environmentally just and transformative development.”
(Isabelle Anguelovski, ICREA Research Professor and Director, Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)
 “Climate Urbanism: Towards a Critical Research Agenda provides a fresh lens through which to interpret the contours of urban change induced by living with and responding to climate change. The book’s agenda is both generative and critical. By unpacking climate urbanism’s underlying rationalities, contestations, knowledge frames, socio-material and politico-institutional forms, the book exposes the diversity of experiences from which new understandings of climate-related urban change must be developed. It offers no easy answers, but makes clear that producing just forms of climate urbanism will demand interdisciplinary knowledge that is both receptive to diverse urban experiences and acutely attuned to the politics inherent in climate-related urban change. The book poses challenging new and incisive questions of urban researchers and practitioners alike, while also suggesting productive new entry points for intervention.” 
(Prof Pauline McGuirk, Director, Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS), University of Wollongong NSW, Australia)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Climate Urbanism
Book Subtitle
Towards a Critical Research Agenda
Editors
  • Vanesa Castán Broto
  • Enora Robin
  • Aidan While
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-53386-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-53386-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-53385-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 252
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 24 illustrations in colour
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