Theorizing the Just City in the Era of Climate Change (1)

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Energy and Environment Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Executive Room, Omni, West
Organizers: Jennifer Rice, Joshua Long, Anthony Levenda
Chairs: Jennifer Rice


Climate change, as both a socio-ecological process and a policy issue, is dramatically changing urban environments and the practices of local governance. Whether ignored completely, or a chief concern among urban planners and policymakers, we are now in an age of “climate urbanism” (Long and Rice 2018) where resilience, preparedness, and adaptation to a changing climate are essential problems for urban governance. The patchwork of action and inaction on climate change in the world’s cities, furthermore, has created a complex landscape of socio-environmental injustice. For example, where local policies on climate change have been enacted, scholars have noted that many of these policies and programs are likely to exacerbate urban inequality, marginalize already underrepresented populations, and increase both surveillance and securitization. In urban places where officials refuse to take action on climate change, essential infrastructures are threatened, marginalized populations are left vulnerable to extreme weather events, and carbon fueled capitalism remains unchallenged or regulated. As such, we suggest that the only challenge greater than building the climate resilient city is building the socially just and equitable climate resilient city. We argue that this is becoming increasingly difficult as we transition from the planning paradigm of sustainable urbanism to one of “climate urbanism.” The session seeks contributions from scholars considering questions of climate change from the intersection of social justice and urban theory.

We invite scholars interested in advancing theoretical perspectives on this area of research to submit abstracts related to urban equity and/or justice in any of the below topics. We invite all perspectives and disciplinary concentrations; however, recognizing that much of the research on these topic has traditionally come from scholars in the global north, we especially encourage scholars who focus on cities of the global south and/or marginalized populations of cities in the global north. Possible topics include:

· Housing Affordability and Accessibility in the Era of Climate Change
· Smart Urbanism and Climate Change
· Transportation and Access in the Climate Resilient City
· Financing the Climate Resilient City
· Climate-Oriented and Climate-Friendly Infrastructure
· Urban Migration, Surveillance, and Security in the Era of Climate Change
· Digital Infrastructure in the Era of Climate Change
· Corporate Power and Political Influence in the Climate-Friendly City


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jennifer L Rice*, University of Georgia, Joshua Long*, Southwestern University, Anthony M Levenda, Arizona State University, Theorizing the Just City in the Era of Climate Change 10 12:40 PM
Presenter SIMON MARVIN*, University of Sheffield, Climatecture: Atmospheric encapsulation, artificial nature and modulating the ‘outdoors’ 15 12:50 PM
Presenter Andres Luque-Ayala*, Durham University, UK, Laura Tozer, Durham University, UK, Securitizing the city through nature: enrolling life in responding to urban uncertainty 15 1:05 PM
Presenter Allain Barnett*, Florida International University, Kevin Grove, Florida International University, Rinku Roy Chowdhury, Clark University, Defining Resilience in Miami-Dade County: Social, Ecological, and Technological Visions of Resilience to Sea Level Rise and Extreme Events 15 1:20 PM
Presenter Gordon Walker*, LANCASTER UNIVERSITY, Rhythm, energy and the socially just low-carbon city 15 1:35 PM
Presenter Vanesa Castan Broto*, , Linda Westman, University of Sheffield, How Messy Governmentalities Are Embedded in the Urban Politics of Climate Change 15 1:50 PM

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