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Locating climate adaptation in urban and regional studies

Kythreotis, Andrew P; Jonas, Andrew E. G.; Howarth, Candice


Andrew P Kythreotis

Candice Howarth



This paper aims to add new empirical and theoretical insights to the debate on climate change adaptation and regional and urban studies by linking the analysis of UK climate adaptation policy to city-regionalist political processes and state structures. We argue, firstly, that UK climate adaptation policy has not adjusted to the rise of city-regionalism, and accordingly underplays the role of sub-national political interests and agendas in demarcating specific sectors and scales of adaptation. Secondly, climate adaptation policy has not only been slow to adjust to the rising significance of city-regionalism but also raises strategic policy questions about the longer-term trajectory of climate change adaptation in light of the territorial logic of the national competition state which currently frames effective adaptation planning, action and policy at subnational political scales.


Kythreotis, A. P., Jonas, A. E. G., & Howarth, C. (in press). Locating climate adaptation in urban and regional studies. Regional studies,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 3, 2019
Online Publication Date Nov 7, 2019
Deposit Date Nov 6, 2019
Publicly Available Date Nov 30, -0001
Journal Regional studies
Print ISSN 0034-3404
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Climate adaptation; City regionalism; Governance; UK
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