Climate Change and Urban Transformations

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 14:30-16:20
RC24 Environment and Society (host committee)
RC21 Regional and Urban Development

Language: English

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
Session Organizers:
Louis GUAY, Laval University, Canada and Emiliano SCANU, Centre Urbanisation Culture Société, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Canada
Oral Presentations
Climate Governance and the Transformation of the Science-Policy Interface in Canadian Cities
Julie HAGAN, Laval University, Canada; Yuan Zheng LI, Université Laval, Canada
Implementing Urban Transformations to Sustainability: A Review on Transformative Adaptation Practices
Florian KOCH, HTW Berlin - University of Applied Sciences for Engineering and Economics, Germany
African Cities and Climate Change: Planning and Implementing Strategies for Low-Carbon Transitions
Xavier LEMAIRE, University College London - Energy Institute, United Kingdom
Climate Change and Urban Transformations: Towards a “Climatisation” of the City?
Emiliano SCANU, Sociology Departement, Laval University, Canada