Equity Impacts of Urban Land Use Planning for Climate Adaptation: Critical Perspectives from the Global North and South

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Authors

  • Isabelle Anguelovski
  • Linda Shi
  • Daniel Gallagher
  • Kian Goh
  • Zachary Lamb
  • Kara Reeve
  • Hannah Teicher

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Hospital del Mar Institute for Medical Research (IMIM)
  • RTI International
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  • Cornell Univ
  • UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
  • MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Abstract

A growing number of cities are preparing for climate change impacts by developing adaptation plans. However, little is known about how these plans and their implementation affect the vulnerability of the urban poor. We critically assess initiatives in eight cities worldwide and find that land use planning for climate adaptation can exacerbate socio-spatial inequalities across diverse developmental and environmental conditions. We argue that urban adaptation injustices fall into two categories: acts of commission, when interventions negatively affect or displace poor communities, and acts of omission, when they protect and prioritize elite groups at the expense of the urban poor.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-348
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Volume36
Issue number3
Early online date11 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • climate adaptation, critical adaptation studies, environmental justice, land use planning, resilience planning