Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
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Current issue: Towards more inclusive climate change adaptation

Our understanding of climate change impacts and vulnerability in urban centres has grown rapidly in recent years, as has the number of cities developing and implementing plans to respond to the challenges of climate change. The papers in this issue explore such plans and responses in a variety of contexts and scales, from transnational networks for adaptation that incorporate Indonesian cities, to urban adaptation in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Several papers explore the gendered aspects of adaptation (in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Khulna City, Bangladesh). Another zeroes in on the way urban migrants are particularly affected in India.

A common theme is attention to the informal settlements that are particularly exposed to climate-related hazards in cities. Another theme across the papers in this issue is the need for genuinely inclusive adaptation; one paper details the participatory planning processes in three small- to medium-sized Latin American cities.

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Book notes

Vernacular Regeneration deals with urban change, specifically the urban regeneration project underway in Johannesburg’s inner city. The research, a combination of qualitative interviews and ethnographic evidence gathered over six months, focuses on urban processes – the policies, governance, agendas, ideologies, practices and approaches that shape urban interventions. The book draws attention to both the specificity of the context (i.e.

Urban Geopolitics aims to bring geopolitics into the mainstream of urban studies to enhance an understanding of cities as contested nexus points of social, spatial and political change. Underlying the volume’s various contributions is the argument that different kinds of contested cities are increasingly similar due to ethnic, racial and class conflicts revolving around issues of housing, infrastructure, participation and identity, among others.

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