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

“India is in the process of a revolutionary urban transition” (page 1). India’s Contemporary Urban Conundrum reflects on the process of urbanization in India from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, including geography, economics, political science, sociology, architecture, environmental science, filmmaking and grassroots activism, among others. It investigates the variety and complexity of the dimensions of urbanization and how these impact people’s lives, highlighting “the paradoxes and contradictions that organise India’s urban conundrum” (page 14).

In For the War Yet to Come: Planning Beirut’s Frontiers, architect and planner Hiba Bou Akar describes how the spectre of anticipated war between sectarian groups informs spatial planning practices in Beirut, Lebanon. This morbid vision of the future “forecloses the possibility of an urban politics outside of a sectarian order” (page 10), meaning that planning in Beirut becomes a mechanism for constructing and reproducing irreconcilable differences between people.

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