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Seeking Case Studies on Communities, Cities, and Climate Change

Posted: 9/12/2017 (Conference)

Seeking communities, cities, and climate change case studies

The policy report “What about the people? The socially sustainable, resilient community and urban development” (by Cathy Baldwin, University of Oxford, and Robin King, World Resources, Institute) looks at how the physical environment of cities strengthens communities through influencing their thoughts, feelings and behaviours to take positive actions that help them respond resiliently to the adverse effects of climate change-related adverse weather events and natural disasters. The report is available at the following link:

The report is under review with Routledge Publishers for publication as a book in printed and eformats, with global distribution in universities, think tanks, multilateral organisations, NGOs etc under their Environment and Sustainability strand for academic and policy audiences.

The publisher has asked if we would like to expand our content to include further case studies and evidence-based recommendations from around the world (particularly the global south, e.g. Africa, Latin America and Asia) of policies, practical projects or research about initiatives /projects that demonstrate any of the following:

  • Urban form or community participation in urban initiatives that supports the behavioural, social, cultural, psychological or physical health aspects of resilience to the adverse environmental effects of climate change, e.g. adverse weather events, periods of extreme temperatures, natural disasters etc.
  • Communities adversely affected by climate change – where somehow (incidentally/accidentally) the physical or biophysical/ natural environments (e.g. green spaces) of the city positively support communities’ social/health resilience

If you/your organisation/your colleagues have any written material that would make for informative case studies that explicitly includes qualitative (descriptive/ethnographic) or quantitative data on how the built environment and community participation in development has supported behavioural, psychological, cultural, social or health aspects of resilience, that are readily available and that we could analyse, please let us know ASAP.

These could be project reports, evaluations, journal papers, online articles, etc.

Forward relevant material to Dr. Cathy Baldwin, Research Associate, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford:

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