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Cities and Climate Change

Climate Policy, Economic Resilience and Urban Sustainability

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  • Explores why climate change responsiveness policies for cities have been slow to gain traction
  • Introduces the various dimensions from a cross-disciplinary perspective, and from regional, local and urban standpoints
  • Proposes an alternative short-term economic model

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Climate Resilient Societies (PSCRS)

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This book explores climate change responsiveness policies for cities and discusses why they have been slow to gain traction despite having been on the international agenda for the last 30 years. The contributing role of cities in accentuating the effects of climate change is increasingly demonstrated in the literature, underscoring the unsustainable models on which urban life has been made to thrive. As these issues become increasingly apparent, there are global calls to adopt more sustainable and equitable models, however doing so will mean the disruption of economies that have historically relied upon pollution-generating industries. In order to address these issues the authors examine them from a cross-disciplinary perspective, bringing in regional, local and urban standpoints to subsequently propose an alternative short-term economic model that could accelerate the adoption of climate change mitigation infrastructures and urban sustainability in urban areas. 

This book will be of particular value to scholars and students alike in the field of urbanism, sustainability and resilience, as well as practitioners looking at avenues for economically incentivizing sustainable development in various geographical context. 

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Live + Smart Research Lab, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

    Zaheer Allam

  • School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

    David Jones

  • Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Barcelona, Spain

    Meelan Thondoo

About the authors

Zaheer Allam works as an Urban Strategist for the Port Louis Development Initiative (PLDI), Mauritius and the Global Creative Leadership Initiative. He is the African Representative of the International Society of Biourbanism (ISB) and a member of the Advisory Circle of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). He was elevated, by the President of Mauritius, to the rank of Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (OSK); the highest distinct order of Merit in Mauritius.

David Jones is a Foundation Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at Deakin University, Australia. He has worked in partnerships with several Indigenous communities in Australia as well as on designs for the Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga Regeneration Project (2017). Amongst others he is a co-author of Aboriginal Reconnections (2013), Geelong’s Changing Landscape (2019), Re-casting Terra Nullius Blindness (2017), Creating Healthy Places (2017) and Indigenous Knowledge in the Built Environment (2018).

Meelan Thondoo is a Ph.D. candidate in Medicine and Anthropology at theEMJD European Commission Transglobal Health Program and holds an M.Sc. in Medical Anthropology and an MPH in Health Economics. She has worked on numerous projects led by the World Health Organization, DFID UK, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has received academic and pro-bono awards from the University of Salamanca, the World Bank Institute, and the UN Global Humanitarian Forum, and is a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 

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