Building ‘Equitable’ Urban Resilience: The Challenge for Cities

Conference paper
Part of the Local Sustainability book series (LOCAL, volume 2)


Cities and their institutions are key players in building urban resilience to the risks posed by climate change. However, neoliberal policies further the transition from the state as the ultimate risk manager within urban settlements towards the private sector, households and individuals. Such shifts have significant justice and equity implications for climate change adaptation at the local level, particularly for the most vulnerable (i.e. children living in urban poverty). Drawing on examples from both developed and developing countries, the key challenges for building ‘equitable’ urban resilience through climate change adaptation measures at the metropolitan scale are highlighted.


Equity Urban resilience Cities Children Climate change adaptation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Urban Research Program/Climate Change Response ProgramGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Humanitarian Policy TeamSave the Children UKLondonUK

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