Inclusive urbanization in the age of climate change: Key conclusions and way forward

Hemant R. Ojha, Krishna K. Shrestha, Phil McManus

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As the majority of the people on Earth now live in urban areas, human society faces two fundamental challenges: escalating social exclusion on the one hand and increased vulnerability to changing climate, on the other. Half of the world’s population already lives in the urban areas and, by 2030, all developing countries will also become predominantly urban (UN-HABITAT, 2010). Against this backdrop, this book has shown that social exclusion is widespread in urban regions in south Asia, a scenario that is also found in other parts of the world. In addition, as has been demonstrated by various authors in this book, climate change is exacerbating exclusion. As editors of the book, we are glad to have been able to engage some of the foremost authorities in urban development and environmental policies to contribute to this book. The majority of the contributors are researchers and activists who are engaged in particular contexts—mostly South Asia—on various aspects of policy, practice and critical knowledge development. The chapters encapsulate action-verified lessons and accumulated insights, which the authors have gained through their long-standing research and engagement in the specific issues and contexts. The book has thus been able to showcase cutting-edge ideas, innovations, fundamental issues and the way forward in relation to enhancing inclusion in the rapidly urbanizing regions of the global south, with particular reference to the challenge of climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInclusive Urbanization
Subtitle of host publicationRethinking Policy, Practice and Research in the Age of Climate Change
EditorsKrishna Shrestha, Hemant Ojha, Phil McManus, Anna Rubbo, Krishna Kumar Dhote
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781135006471
ISBN (Print)9780415856010
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


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