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Chapter 6: Compound urban crises in global environmental politics

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compound urban crises, cities, global environmental politics, urban governance, precarity, justice

Abstract (summary)

This chapter engages with a unique form of turbulence that the authors term “compound urban crises,” which is comprised of multiple shocks and stresses that co-occur and interact. To date, such interconnected shocks have often been interpreted as singular crises; the authors of this chapter argue that crises should be understood as relationally connected and leading to mutually recursive turbulence. They elaborate on compound urban crises by introducing three boundary concepts: “unsettlement,” “unevenness,” and “unbounding.” Through our analysis, they begin to formulate a research agenda for the study of compound urban crises in the context of global environmental politics. This agenda draws attention to: the interconnections between global dynamics and the politics of urban precarity; the reproduction of structural injustice in cities; and the need for critical interrogation of problem framings of urban governance promoted by international organizations.

Publication Information

Papin, M., L. Westman, and R. Macrorie, A. S. Azizi, M. Dede T., J. Greenwalt, I. Johnson, B. Summers. 2023. “Compound urban crises in global environmental politics”, in Dauvergne, P. and L. Shipton, Global Environmental Politics in a Turbulent Era. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.


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