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Resilient Urban Futures

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  • Open access book describing tools for engaging communities in resilience strategies
  • Based on practical experience from participatory positive futures visioning in nine Latin American and US cities
  • For students and professionals of different sectors including sustainability, engineering, ecology and urban planning

Part of the book series: The Urban Book Series (UBS)

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This open access book addresses the way in which urban and urbanizing regions profoundly impact and are impacted by climate change. The editors and authors show why cities must wage simultaneous battles to curb global climate change trends while adapting and transforming to address local climate impacts. This book addresses how cities develop anticipatory and long-range planning capacities for more resilient futures, earnest collaboration across disciplines, and radical reconfigurations of the power regimes that have institutionalized the disenfranchisement of minority groups. 

Although planning processes consider visions for the future, the editors highlight a more ambitious long-term positive visioning approach that accounts for unpredictability, system dynamics and equity in decision-making. 

This volume brings the science of urban transformation together with practices of professionals who govern and manage our social, ecological and technological systems to design processes by which cities may achieve resilient urban futures in the face of climate change.

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Urban and Regional Planning, State University of New York, Buffalo, USA

    Zoé A. Hamstead

  • Urban Studies Institute, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA

    David M. Iwaniec

  • Urban Systems Lab, New School, New York, USA

    Timon McPhearson

  • School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA

    Marta Berbés-Blázquez

  • Department of Environmental Science, Barnard College, New York, USA

    Elizabeth M. Cook

  • International Institute of Tropical Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Rio Piedras, USA

    Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson

About the editors

Zoé Hamstead is an Assistant Professor of environmental planning at the University at Buffalo and Director of the Community Resilience Lab, which provides support for climate equity and resilience planning. Her research advances a critical heat studies agenda, which is attentive to ways in which societal and cultural structures create, normalize, and obscure heat inequity. She teaches courses in environmental planning, environmental justice, economic concepts, geographic analysis of environmental problems, and engaged climate health equity studios.

David M. Iwaniec is an Assistant Professor of Urban Sustainability at the Urban Studies Institute, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He is a sustainability scientist researching anticipatory and systems approaches to advance urban sustainability, resilience, and justice. His work focuses on the co-development of scenarios and transition pathways for positive futures of urban transformation.

Timon McPhearson is Director of the Urban Systems Lab and Associate Professor of Urban Ecology at The New School. He is a Research Fellow at The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Stockholm Resilience Centre and a member of the IPCC. 

Marta Berbés-Blázquez is an Assistant Professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. Her research considers the human dimensions of social-ecological transformations in rural and urban ecosystems with an emphasis on vulnerable populations. Her work is informed by resilience thinking and political ecology at a conceptual level, and it is practically oriented toward qualitative, participatory, and anticipatory research methods. Specific topics of expertise include power dynamics and access in ecosystem services, scenario planning, resource extraction, eco-health, climate change adaptation, and trans-formation. 

Elizabeth M. Cook is an Assistant Professor at Barnard College in the Department of Environmental Science. She is an urban ecosystem ecologist and her research focuses on future urban sustainability and human-environment feedback in urban and nearby native ecosystems. She conducts research on sustainability and resilience planning through participatory scenario development with local stakeholders. Her work seeks to understand cities as social-ecological-technological systems with a comparative approach in Latin American and U.S. cities.

Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson is a Research Social Scientist in the USDA Forest Service’s International Institute of Tropical Forestry, in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. She studies urban sustainability governance, including the policy networks, know-ledge systems, anticipatory capacities, and strategies to advance sustainability, resilience, and equity. She is also actively involved in transdisciplinary platforms to facilitate the co-production of futures and transition pathways in the US and Latin American cities.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Resilient Urban Futures

  • Editors: Zoé A. Hamstead, David M. Iwaniec, Timon McPhearson, Marta Berbés-Blázquez, Elizabeth M. Cook, Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson

  • Series Title: The Urban Book Series

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: This is a U.S. government work and not under copyright protection in the U.S.; foreign copyright protection may apply 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-63130-7Published: 07 April 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-63133-8Published: 15 February 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-63131-4Published: 06 April 2021

  • Series ISSN: 2365-757X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2365-7588

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 190

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Urban Geography / Urbanism (inc. megacities, cities, towns), Climate Change/Climate Change Impacts, Sustainable Development

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