Climate Change and Urban Transformations
RC21 Regional and Urban Development
Cities are today widely recognized as key players in the fight against climate change. Aware of their role, as well of the opportunities associated with adaptation and mitigation measures, cities are becoming increasingly involved in climate policy and planning.
If early urban climate actions were mainly symbolic, incremental and no-regret in nature, current policies are characterized by a more comprehensive and integrated approach, which conceives the fight against climate change as an integral part of urban development and planning strategies. In other words, urban climate policy is no longer a mere local reaction to a global problem, but it has become a real urban phenomenon associated with socio-institutional changes concerning the relationship between urban development and environmental problems, and, in practical terms, the way of representing, planning and governing the city.
The objective of this session is to set up a forum for theoretical and empirical research providing new perspectives and insights on the urban transformations related to the institutionalization of climate change in urban governance and planning. Papers may focus on divers topics, including, but not limited to:
- Urban sociotechnical change
- Urban low(post)-carbon transition
- Urban adaptation and resilience
- New policy and planning instruments
- Urban climate science and expertise
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