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Compound urban crises

Westman, Linda ; Patterson, James ; Macrorie, Rachel ; Orr, Christopher J. ; Ashcraft, Catherine M. ; Castán Broto, Vanesa ; Dolan, Dana ; Gupta, Mukesh ; van der Heijden, Jeroen and Hickmann, Thomas LU , et al. (2022) In Ambio 51(6). p.1402-1415
Abstract

The crises that cities face—such as climate change, pandemics, economic downturn, and racism—are tightly interlinked and cannot be addressed in isolation. This paper addresses compound urban crises as a unique type of problem, in which discrete solutions that tackle each crisis independently are insufficient. Few scholarly debates address compound urban crises and there is, to date, a lack of interdisciplinary insights to inform urban governance responses. Combining ideas from complex adaptive systems and critical urban studies, we develop a set of boundary concepts (unsettlement, unevenness, and unbounding) to understand the complexities of compound urban crises from an interdisciplinary perspective. We employ these concepts to set a... (More)

The crises that cities face—such as climate change, pandemics, economic downturn, and racism—are tightly interlinked and cannot be addressed in isolation. This paper addresses compound urban crises as a unique type of problem, in which discrete solutions that tackle each crisis independently are insufficient. Few scholarly debates address compound urban crises and there is, to date, a lack of interdisciplinary insights to inform urban governance responses. Combining ideas from complex adaptive systems and critical urban studies, we develop a set of boundary concepts (unsettlement, unevenness, and unbounding) to understand the complexities of compound urban crises from an interdisciplinary perspective. We employ these concepts to set a research agenda on compound urban crises, highlighting multiple interconnections between urban politics and global dynamics. We conclude by suggesting how these entry points provide a theoretical anchor to develop practical insights to inform and reform urban governance.

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Cities, Complex adaptive systems, Compound urban crises, Critical urban studies, Governance
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Ambio
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51
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6
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1402 - 1415
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Springer
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  • pmid:35157255
  • scopus:85124770199
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0044-7447
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10.1007/s13280-021-01697-6
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English
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  author       = {{Westman, Linda and Patterson, James and Macrorie, Rachel and Orr, Christopher J. and Ashcraft, Catherine M. and Castán Broto, Vanesa and Dolan, Dana and Gupta, Mukesh and van der Heijden, Jeroen and Hickmann, Thomas and Hobbins, Robert and Papin, Marielle and Robin, Enora and Rosan, Christina and Torrens, Jonas and Webb, Robert}},
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  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{6}},
  pages        = {{1402--1415}},
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  series       = {{Ambio}},
  title        = {{Compound urban crises}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13280-021-01697-6}},
  doi          = {{10.1007/s13280-021-01697-6}},
  volume       = {{51}},
  year         = {{2022}},
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