Reinterpreting Sub-Saharan Cities through the Concept of Adaptive Capacity

An Analysis of Autonomous Adaptation in Response to Environmental Changes in Peri-Urban Areas

  • Liana┬áRicci

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environment, Security, Development and Peace book series (BRIEFSSECUR, volume 26)

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This book explores whether and how a reinterpretation of Sub-Saharan cities, through the concept of adaptive capacity, could bridge this distance and contribute to a new understanding of the contemporary city. The research contributes to improved knowledge of urban and environmental planning and of the dynamics of development and environmental management in peri-urban areas of Dar es Salaam. This knowledge highlights the limits of certain common generalizations on the character of peri-urban areas. Moreover, the research provides methodological contribution derived from considerations on the strengths and weakness of tools and methods for investigating adaptive capacity and for environmental management, in the city of Dar es Salaam. Finally, it highlights controversial issues and possible research paths related to the relationship between adaptive capacity and urban and environmental planning.


Adaptive Capacity Environmental Change Environmental Management Sub-Saharan Cities Urban Planning

Authors and affiliations

  • Liana┬áRicci
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil, Building and Environmental EngineeringSAPIENZA University of RomeRomeItaly

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