Just Transitions in Cities

A project exploring the challenges for progressing just transitions in cities.
Project status
Just Transitions

Cities and urban areas are particularly relevant in achieving just transitions in response to climate change, as the critical sites of greenhouse gas emissions that drive global climate change and as areas that will feel many of the most severe impacts of climate change.

What are the challenges that will need to be met for a just transition to take place in the coming decades globally? How can this process be managed equitably locally and internationally? What are the potential pinch points to achieving a just transition? What is the potential disruption and opportunity that will be experienced and how can this be coped with, developed or mitigated?

Below are a series of working papers and case studies from the project:

  • David Dodman, Jaideep Gupte, and Yasmina Yusuf, argue that just transitions in cities should incorporate three key elements: the spatial and social integration of equity and justice; placing nature-based solutions in the context of and in opposition to socio-cultural and behavioural drivers of inequality and injustice; and the recognition of equity and justice across generations. They explore transitions in the built environment/ infrastructure; basic needs and services to support physical and mental wellbeing; social and governance; and data and knowledge.
  • Jon Phillips, Stefan Bouzarovski, Festus Boamah, Sara Fuller, Kathryn Furlong, Sarah Knuth, Imogen Mould, Harriet Thomson, and Wei Zheng explore review the literature on just transitions, energy and urbanisation, and provide a series of regional insights on transitions in practice.
  • Caroline Knowles synthesises research and commentary on socially and environmentally just transitions to clean energy in Australasian cities.

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