Sustainability database

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Global Urban Research Centre

Responses to climate change 

Low-income urban populations in cities of the South are experiencing negative impacts of changing weather patterns associated with climate change and climate variability. Yet severe weather events that do not register as disasters nationally or internationally are rarely addressed in climate change adaptation debates. Identifying the adaptation strategies of urban poor households, small businesses and communities can help local authorities and public and private institutions improve their policies, and strategic plans and programmes aimed at building the long-term resilience of the urban poor.

Type: 
Research group
Acronym: 
GURC

Connections

Person

Prof Dale Whittington

Keywords: 
Innovation, Management, Policy, Water, Development, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

Person

Dr Alfredo Stein

Alfredo is an urban development planning specialist with more than 28 years of experience in the design, management, monitoring and evaluation of low-income housing, municipal and local development, post-emergency reconstruction and urban poverty reduction planning, policies and projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia. He has comprehensive experience as lecturer and teacher on urban development issues in different universities in Europe and Latin America; and in setting up training and capacity building programs for central and local governments and NGOs.

Keywords: 
Cities, Development, Buildings, Capacity building, Engagement, Climate, Climate change, Resilience, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

Person

Dr Melanie Lombard

With a background in planning and urban development research and previous experience in UK social housing, my interests involve connecting the built environment to social processes through exploring the everyday activities that construct cities, often neglected by formal theories and practices of planning and urbanism.

Keywords: 
Planning, Policy, Impact, Cities, Inequality, Community, Economy, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

Person

Dr Joanne Tippett

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Dr. Joanne Tippett is a Lecturer in the Discipline of Planning and Landscape, School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester. Her research is based in the Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology.

Keywords: 
Sustainability, Climate, Climate change, Water, Environment, Biodiversity, Agriculture, Ecology, Community, Engagement, Applied research, Research methods, Innovation

Person

Prof Caroline Moser

As an urban social anthropologist/social policy specialist I have more than forty years ofexperience relating to urban development and social policy on a range of issues including academic and policy-focused research, teaching and training. As a researcher I have undertaken primary field-based research on urban poverty, urban violence, household asset vulnerability and accumulation strategies, gender and development and the informal sector in countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Jamaica.

Keywords: 
Cities, Development, Buildings, Community, Engagement, Gender, Politics, Climate change, Resilience, Research methods

Person

Dr Admos Chimhowu

My research has thus far focused on understanding processes agrarian change and social transformations in the Less Developed Countries. In my work I have sought to generate policy relevant knowledge on how changing agrarian structures transform and influence the way rural communities relate to natural resources (particularly land) and, how this relationship in turn shapes the way they make a living.

Keywords: 
Political economy, Agriculture, Development, Community, Rural studies, Economy, Geography, Cities, Consumption, Poverty, Society

Person

Dr Mark Baker

Mark has well-developed research interests in regional and strategic planning; central-local relations and the plan-making process; and development plan and development control procedures. His recent research activities include work on stakeholder involvement in the RPG process (sponsored by ODPM / TCPA), the use of environmental and sustainability appraisal within development plans (sponsored by ESRC) and the future of sub-regional planning in England (for CPRE).

Keywords: 
Politics, Governance, Policy, Planning, Engagement, Development, Environment, Evaluation, Sustainability