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Inclusive Urban Development in the Global South

Edited by Andrea Rigon, UCL, and Vanesa Castán Broto, University of Sheffield

Routledge, May 2021

ISBN: 9780367485405

Inclusive Urban Development in the Global South emphasizes the importance of the neighbourhood in urban development planning, with case studies aimed at transforming current intervention practices towards more inclusive and just means of engagement with individuals and communities. The chapters explore how diversity of gender, class, race and ethnicity, citizenship status, age, ability, and sexuality is taken (or not) into account and approached in the planning and implementation of development policy and interventions in poor urban areas.

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Climate Urbanism: Towards a Critical Research Agenda

Edited by Vanesa Castán Broto, Enora Robin and Aidan While, University of Sheffield

Palgrave, December 2020

ISBN: 978-3-030-53386-1

This book argues that the relationship between cities and climate change is entering a new and more urgent phase. Split into four parts the book first asks ‘What is climate urbanism?’ The second section examines the transformative potential of climate urbanism to challenge social and environmental injustices within and between cities. In the third part authors interrogate current knowledge paradigms underpinning climate and urban science and how they shape contemporary urban trajectories. The final section focuses on the future, envisaging climate urbanism as a new communal project, and focuses on the role of citizens and non-state actors in driving transformative action.

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Urban Sustainability Transitions

Edited by Niki Frantzeskaki, Vanesa Castán Broto, Lars Coenen and Derk Loorbach

​Routledge, 2017 (Out in paperback since February 2019!)

ISBN: 9780367219086

Urbanisation has multiple political, cultural, environmental and economic dimensions that profoundly influence social development and innovation. This fundamental long-term transformation will involve the realignment of urban society’s technologies and infrastructures, culture and lifestyles, as well as governance and institutional frameworks. Such structural systemic realignments can be referred to as urban sustainability transitions: fundamental and structural changes in urban systems through which persistent societal challenges are addressed, such as shifts towards urban farming, renewable decentralised energy systems, and social economies.

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Spatial Adventures in Energy Studies: Emerging Geographies of Energy Production and Use

Edited by Vanesa Castán Broto and Lucy Baker

Special Issue in Energy Research and Social Science, February 2018

This special issue has a double purpose. First, it makes a case for the development of energy studies perspectives that consider ‘relational space’ as a critical concept organising the provision and use of energy. Second, it presents an overview of research on energy geographies, emphasising contributions that take a critical approach to concepts of space. 

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The Routledge Research Companion to Energy Geographies

Edited by Stefan Bouzarovski, Mike J Pasqualetti and Vanesa Castán Broto

​Routledge, 2017 (Out in paperback since September 2020!)

ISBN: 9780367660055

Many aspects of the ‘black box’ of relationships at the energy-society interface remain unopened, especially in terms of the spatial underpinnings of energy production and consumption within nations, cities and regions. This book illustrates how a geographic approach towards energy can aid decision-making pathways in the domains of social justice and environment and it provides insights to move the international community toward greater cooperation on energy and sustainability.

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Cities and Low Carbon Transitions

A transition to a ‘low carbon’ future implies a large scale reorganisation in the way societies produce and use energy. Cities are critical in this transition because they concentrate social and economic activities that produce climate change related emissions.

This book introduces critical questions about power and social interests, lock-in and development trajectories, social equity and economic development, and socio-technical change in cities.