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Climate cosmopolitics and the possibilities for urban planning


Houston, D and MacCallum, D and Steele, W and Byrne, J, Climate cosmopolitics and the possibilities for urban planning, Nature and Culture, 11, (3) pp. 259-277. ISSN 1558-6073 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3167/nc.2016.110303


Cosmopolitical action in the climate-changed city represents different knowledges and practices that may seem disconnected but which constellate to frame stories and spaces of the climate-just city. The question this paper asks is: how might we as planners identify and develop counter-hegemonic praxes that enable us to re-imagine our experience of, and responses to, climate change? To explore this question, we draw on Isabelle Stengers’ (2010) idea of cosmopolitics – where diverse stories, perspectives, experiences and practices can connect to create grounding for new strategic possibilities. Our paper is empirically informed by conversations with actors from three Australian cities (Sydney, Brisbane and Perth) who are mobilising different approaches to this ideal in various grassroots actions on climate change.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, climate change, cosmopolitics, urban planning
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Social impacts of climate change and variability
UTAS Author:Byrne, J (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:123949
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-02-02
Last Modified:2018-04-09

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