Theorizing the Just City in the Era of Climate Change (2)

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: 2:35 PM / 4:15 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Executive Room, Omni, West
Organizers: Jennifer Rice, Joshua Long
Chairs: Anthony Levenda


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 Randall Amster*, Georgetown University, The Thin Green Line: Climate Securitization and Urban Spatial Control 15 2:35 PM
Presenter Michelle Wenderlich*, Clark University, Climate justice through campaigns for democratic public ownership – movement strategies and local effects in Berlin and Minneapolis 15 2:50 PM
Presenter Khai Hoan Nguyen*, Rutgers University, Climate Gentrification: A Case Study of Double Exposure in Sunset Park, New York City 15 3:05 PM
Presenter Diego Martinez-Lugo*, University of Arizona, Theorizing for Praxis: Toward a Grassroots Articulation of Climate Justice 15 3:20 PM
Presenter Savannah Cox*, University of California - Berkeley, Rating Urban Resilience and Vulnerability 15 3:35 PM
Presenter Abigail Knox*, University of Cape Town, Sophie McManus, Open Data Durban, Accommodating the urban poor in Durban, South Africa: Narratives from Blackburn Informal Settlement 15 3:50 PM

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