Climate Urbanism

Climate change demands urgent action. This call is heard most loudly in rapidly growing urban areas. Cities are key to implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement; a coordinated policy effort to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.

By focusing on cities as the most appropriate site of action and prioritising the protection of infrastructures, climate urbanism is transforming the fabric of everyday life.

This theme examines the history, processes and implications of the rise of climate urbanism as a model for urban development.

Research Questions

–    What is climate urbanism and how does it differ from other models of urbanisation?
–    What perspectives inform climate urbanism and with what consequences for how we plan and govern our cities?
–    How, where, and why is climate urbanism embraced, promoted, or contested?
–    How is climate urbanism transforming the physical and social fabric of urban life?


September 26, 2019 in Climate Urbanism, News

The New Climate Urbanism: towards a research agenda

On Sept 4th-5th 2019, the Urban Institute hosted a two-days international workshop on ‘The New Climate Urbanism' as part of its ongoing research on this theme. The workshop gathered together over thirty participants working across urban and political geography, engineering,…
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March 27, 2019 in Climate Urbanism, Opinion - Climate Urbanism

Four approaches to urban air pollution after Brexit

Poor air quality causes over 7 million deaths a year worldwide, especially in large cities.
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February 26, 2019 in Climate Urbanism, News

Welcoming new staff!

The Urban Institute are delighted to welcome a new member to the team. Linda Westman is a Postdoctoral research assistant working with Vanesa Castan Broto on the ERC-funded LO-ACT project
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September 26, 2019 in Climate Urbanism Event, Co-producing Urbanisms Event, Event

Climate change, uncertainty and the city: challenges and opportunities for transdisciplinary co-production and transformation

-- Professor Lyla Mehta. Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK;Visiting professor, Norwegian University of Life Sciences A Realising Just Cities lecture The scale and impacts of climate change remain deeply uncertain. This is particularly true at the…
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March 7, 2019 in Climate Urbanism Event, Event, News

Upcoming Seminar Series: Eco-communities in an urban future

Professor Jenny Pickerill, along with colleagues in the Eco-Communities research group and the Urban Institute are organising a seminar series on Eco-Communities in an Urban Future. The series, funded by the Urban Studies Foundation, will involve three workshops during 2019…
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February 22, 2019 in Climate Urbanism, Climate Urbanism Event, Event, News

Vanesa Castan Broto: Changing Cities in a Changing Climate

Vanesa Castan Broto: Inaugural Lecture Changing Cities in a Changing Climate Wednesday 20th March at 17:30 in the Diamond Lecture Theatre 2 Debates around the need for urgent, radical action have brought cities to the centre of debates about climate change politics. Technology optimists…
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