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Bahadur, Aditya and Tanner, Thomas (2014) 'Transformational resilience thinking: Putting people, power and politics at the heart of urban climate resilience.' Environment and Urbanization, 26 (1). pp. 200-214.

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Resilience is receiving substantial traction as a concept to inform climate change and development policies and programmes. At the same time, a number of critiques have emerged that question its use as a framing concept for tackling urban climate change. This paper reflects on climate resilience and its critiques through an examination of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) initiative in two cities in India. We illustrate aspects of the resilience critique and, using evidence of transformational aspects of the initiative, we argue that resilience thinking must be coupled with the concept of transformation in order to bring issues of people, politics and power to the fore. In the process, the conceptual strength of resilience can be combined with a more radical agenda that engages with underlying political structures and trade-offs that determine risk and vulnerability.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: adaptation, Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), Resilience, Transformation, Urban
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
ISSN: 17460301
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article accepted for publication in Environment and Urbanization published by SAGE
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 31 May 2019 08:23
Related URLs: https://journal ... 956247814522154 (Publisher URL)
Funders: Other

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