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Climate Urbanism and Austerity in Structurally Disadvantaged Cities

Jonas, Andrew; Wurzel, Rudi


Andrew Jonas

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Professor Rudi Wurzel
Professor of Comparative European Politics and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Studies.


If the governance challenges of climate change have been well researched for medium-sized, affluent and larger entrepreneurial cities, relatively little is known about climate urbanism in small-to-medium-sized cities experiencing long-term industrial decline, social deprivation and austerity. Such structurally disadvantaged cities often struggle to build inclusive new climate alliances, attract green jobs, and forge new images. This intervention argues that research on climate urbanism needs to consider two emerging trends in structurally disadvantaged cities: (1) how austerity is producing uneven geographies of climate urbanism; (2) the local social and economic conditions underpinning the construction of new climate alliances around alternative trajectories of urban development.


Jonas, A., & Wurzel, R. (2020). Climate Urbanism and Austerity in Structurally Disadvantaged Cities. Urban Geography,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 18, 2020
Online Publication Date Nov 13, 2020
Publication Date Nov 13, 2020
Deposit Date Dec 23, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Print ISSN 0272-3638
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Climate urbanism; structurally disadvantaged cities; austerity; Europe
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This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article:
Andrew E.G. Jonas & Rüdiger K.W. Wurzel (2020) Climate urbanism and austerity in structurally disadvantaged cities, Urban Geography, DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2020.1840207
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