UCCRN Co-Sponsors Workshop on Climate Adaptation in African Cities at Royal Holloway, University of London
Convenor : Professor David Simon
While rapid advances are now being made in understanding the current and likely future dynamics of urban environmental/climate change (see e.g. Parnell and Walawege 2011) under different scenarios, the evidence base remains highly uneven. The most extensive and robust evidence exists for OECD countries and other selected hotspots, such as Rio de Janeiro, Durban and the urban areas of small island developing states. Our knowledge and understanding of the processes of change as they are already affecting many African urban areas, and will do so increasingly through this century, remain seriously inadequate and patchy. Not only does this lacuna represent a major academic opportunity to learn across the diversity of Africa’s 54 countries straddling very different environmental and linguistic-cultural regions, but the ability to formulate and implement appropriate climate change mitigation (CCM) and adaptation (CCA) initiatives depends on appropriate evidence and understanding of the underlying drivers and processes.
Accordingly, the objectives of this workshop, funded as the winning bid in the 2012 Urban Studies Journal Seminar Series Competition, are:
(a) to draw together leading academics and others engaged in urban environmental/climate change research and practice in these different parts of Africa – often working in isolation or narrow silos. We will share experiences and forge comparative perspectives that will enrich our understanding and open new horizons for urban change theory (from which other parts of the world will have much to learn) and relevant applied communities of practice.
(b) to follow up the workshop with published outputs – principally a special issue of Urban Studies plus a policy brief that will be translated into French, Portuguese and Arabic – in order to achieve the widest possible dissemination and hence impact of this distinctive contribution to urban studies and to policy engagement in this crucial arena.
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