Special Issue "Climate Resilient Urban Development"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2018)
Urbanization and a changing climate are two of the most significant challenges facing societies in the coming years and decades. With over 50% of the world’s population now living in towns and cities, trends towards increasing urbanization are likely to continue into the future as people look to cities for improved employment, health, and educational opportunities. However, these inter-related challenges are proving particularly acute for those parts of the world that are experiencing rapid urbanization and have limited institutional capacity to respond. In many cities in the developing world for instance, urbanization rates are leading to the growth of informal settlements in cities and surrounding areas, and the creation of ‘urban poor’ communities that are well-documented as being especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate-related hazards. These vulnerabilities will be further amplified by a changing climate into the future.
This Special Issue on climate resilient urban development provides both academic and practical evidence drawn from across the world to highlight how the interface of climate and development stressors is impacting the continued sustainability of contemporary urban systems in different geographical contexts, and how cities—and their communities—are responding to these climate resilience and development challenges in new and innovative ways.
Suggested topics for this special issue include:
- Conceptual or applied papers on urbanization and global environmental change (linkages between development/DRR/climate change adaptation);
- Vulnerability/risk assessments;
- Resilience planning;
- Adaptation strategies for heat/flood/drought etc in the urban environment;
- Planning for, and responding to, extreme events;
- Community-based adaptation and issues of equity;
- Links between land tenure and climate vulnerability;
- Climate resilient buildings and infrastructure;
- Food, water and energy security in a changing climate;
- Development economics (in the context of climate change);
- Public-private initiatives;
- Urban governance for climate resilience.
Prof. Dr. Darryn McEvoy
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Climate change
- Informal settlements
- Adaptive capacity