Recognition in urban climate justice: marginality and exclusion of migrants in Indian cities

Eric Chu, Kavya Michael

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This paper explores the recognitional dimensions of urban climate change justice in a development context. Through the lens of migrants in the Indian cities of Bengaluru and Surat, we highlight how experiences of environmental marginality can be attributed to a lack of recognition of citizenship rights and informal livelihood strategies. Specifically, the drivers of non-recognition in this situation relate to broken social networks and a lack of political voice, as well as heightened exposure to emerging climate risks and economic precariousness. We find that migrants experience extreme forms of climate injustice as they are often invisible to the official state apparatus, or worse, are actively erased from cities through force or discriminatory development policies. Current theories must therefore engage more seriously with issues of recognition to enable more radical climate justice in cities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-156
Number of pages18
JournalEnvironment and Urbanization
Issue number1
Early online date10 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2018


  • India
  • adaptation
  • cities
  • climate justice
  • informality
  • migration
  • recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies


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