The Practice and Politics of Urban Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Efforts at the Margins
2018 - 2020
A warming climate and the increased pace of urbanization across the world are two indisputable facts of the 21st century. The proposed research takes as its point of departure high degrees of urban inequality in the context of uneven state presence. The research project therefore interrogates a set of interrelated questions examining how people at the margins adapt to climate change. The project adopts a comparative and ethnographic approach. The interdisciplinary research team engages five different urban settings across Europe, Africa, and North America. The research project is important for a number of reasons. First, by problematizing current climate change and sustainability efforts we point to the need for more equitable solutions that benefit all urban residents. Second, the research project demonstrates that urban locations typically considered “off the map” are sites of innovation potentially exportable to other cities in the world. Lastly, the research project illuminates informal processes deployed by the urban poor.
Workshop The Practice and Politics of Urban Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Efforts at the Margins, Malawi University of Science and Technology, 28-29 October 2019. Read more.
Workshop Social factors matter in mitigating climate change effects, Malawi University of Science and Technology.
This project is funded by the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (FORMAS) and is carried out in collaboration with The Nordic Africa Institute.