The Urban Climate Challenge: Rethinking the Role of Cities in the Global Climate Regime

The Urban Climate Challenge: Rethinking the Role of Cities in the Global Climate Regime


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The Urban Climate Challenge: Rethinking the Role of Cities in the Global Climate Regime by Craig Johnson

Drawing upon a variety of empirical and theoretical perspectives, The Urban Climate Challenge provides a hands-on perspective about the political and technical challenges now facing cities and transnational urban networks in the global climate regime. Bringing together experts working in the fields of global environmental governance, urban sustainability and climate change, this volume explores the ways in which cities, transnational urban networks and global policy institutions are repositioning themselves in relation to this changing global policy environment.

Focusing on both Northern and Southern experience across the globe, three questions that have strong bearing on the ways in which we understand and assess the changing relationship between cities and global climate system are examined.

  • How are cities repositioning themselves in relation to the global climate regime?
  • How are cities being repositioned – conceptually and epistemologically?
  • What are the prospects for crafting policies that can reduce the urban carbon footprint while at the same time building resilience to future climate change?

The Urban Climate Challenge will be of interest to scholars of urban climate policy, global environmental governance and climate change. It will be of interest to readers more generally interested in the ways in which cities are now addressing the inter-related challenges of sustainable urban growth and global climate change.

Chapter 9 and Chapter 11 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138066571
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Series: Cities and Global Governance Series
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Craig Johnson is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Development Studies at the University of Guelph in Canada. His research focuses on questions of land and resource governance in the context of urbanization, globalization and climate change.

Noah Toly is Director of Urban Studies and Associate Professor of Politics & International Relations at Wheaton College in the United States (IL). His research and teaching interests are at the intersections of urban and global environmental governance, with particular interests in the participation of cities as sites and municipalities as actors in climate governance regimes.

Heike Schroeder is a senior lecturer in climate change and international development at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. Her areas of work include global environmental politics, urban climate governance, the role of non-state actors in international cooperation on climate change and forest governance.

Table of Contents

Selected Contents: Part 1: Governing the Urban Climate Challenge: Understanding the Role of Cities in the Global Climate Regime 1. Introduction: Urban Resilience, Low Carbon Governance and the Global Climate Regime Craig Johnson, Noah Toly, and Heike Schroeder 2. Bringing Cities into the Global Climate Framework Saskia Sassen 3. Closed Cycles - Open City Katleen De Flander Part 2: Going Global? The Changing Face of Urban Climate Governance 4. If Cities are the Solution, What are the Problems? The Promise and Perils of Urban Climate Leadership David Gordon and Michele Acuto 5. Multinational Companies and Urban Climate Governance: Market Making or Successful Policy Innovation? Sofie Bouteligier Part 3: Domestic Policy Responses: Integrating Mitigation and Adaptation into Urban Climate Governance 6. Combining Local and Transnational Action in the Adoption and Implementation of Climate Policies in the City of São Paulo Joana Setzer, Laura Valente de Macedo, and Fernando Rei 7. Urban Climate Governance Through a Sustainability Lens: Exploring the Integration of Adaptation and Mitigation in Four British Columbian Cities Sarah Burch, Alison Shaw, Freya Kristensen, John Robinson, and Ann Dale 8. Climate Change Adaptation in Mumbai, India Emily Boyd, Aditya Ghosh, Maxwell T. Boykoff 9. Relational Agency and the Local Governance of Climate Change: A Case Study of Portland, Oregon Alex Aylett Part 4: Regional Policy Perspectives: Comparing Policies and Outcomes across Regional Policy Regimes 10. Multilevel Governance and Institutional Capacity for Climate Change Responses in Latin American Cities Patricia Romero-Lankao, Geogelina Hardoy, Sara Hughes, Daniel Gnatz, Angelica Rosas-Huerta, and Roxana Borquez 11. Climate Change Adaptation and African Cities: Understanding the Impact of Government and Governance on Future Action Christopher Gore Part 5: Governing the Urban Climate Challenge: New Directions in Theory, Policy and Research 12. Conclusion: Governing the Urban Climate Challenge Craig Johnson, Noah Toly, Heike Schroeder

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