eCite Digital Repository

The climate-just city


Steele, W and Hillier, J and Houston, D and Byrne, JA and MacCallum, D, The climate-just city, Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice, Routledge, T Jafry (ed), Oxford, UK, pp. 279-289. ISBN 978-1-138-68935-0 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

PDF (Accepted manuscript)

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2019 The Authors. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice on 20 November 2018, available online:

DOI: doi:10.4324/9781315537689


The imperative of climate change adds urgency to the longstanding equity agenda in cities and urban areas. Justice and equity issues arise in the climate change context because of the high prospects for impacts on already vulnerable people and communities. In this chapter we outline the framework of the climate-just city as a conceptual and analytical lens for taking the urban equity agenda forward within the context of climate change. Building on the concept of the "just city" (see Fainstein 2010), we argue the key tenets of democracy, diversity, recognition and equity must more explicitly take into account the complex links between human society, urban settlements and the natural environment. We apply this lens to our empirical research focused on enabling social innovation to climate change at the local scale within the Australian context. The chapter concludes by offering insights into how the (climate-) just city principles can be mobilised in practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:cities, climate change, justice, adaptation, policy, equity, disadvantage
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Urban geography
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Land policy
UTAS Author:Byrne, JA (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:138961
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2020-05-14
Last Modified:2020-06-09
Downloads:27 View Download Statistics

Repository Staff Only: item control page