Social Sustainability, Climate Resilience and Community-Based Urban Development: What About the People?
By Cathy Baldwin (Universities of Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Glasgow, UK) and Robin King (World Resources Institute and Georgetown University, USA)

Urban communities around the world face increased stress from natural disasters linked to climate change, and other urban pressures. They need to grow rapidly stronger in order to cope, adapt and flourish. Strong social networks and social cohesion can be more important for a community’s resilience than the actual physical structures of a city. But how can urban planning and design support these critical collective social strengths? This book offers blue sky thinking from the applied social and behavioural sciences, and urban planning. It looks at case studies from14 countries around the world – including India, the USA, South Africa, Indonesia, the UK and New Zealand – focusing on initiatives for housing, public space and transport stops, and also natural disasters such asflooding and earthquakes. Building on these insights, the authors propose a ‘gold standard’: a socially aware planning process and policy recommendation for those drawing up city sustainability and climate change resilience strategies, and urban developers looking to build climate-proof infrastructure and spaces. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of urban studies, resilience studies and climate change policy, as well as policy-makers and practitioners working in related fields.

Cathy Baldwin is an Applied Social and Behavioural Scientist and Public Health Consultant, Research Associate at the University ofOxford, and Visiting Researcher at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Robin King is Director of Knowledge Capture and Collaboration at theWorld Resources Institute (WRI), and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, USA.

The publishers offer a 60 days free online access to this applied interdisciplinary book (social science, psychology, urban planning and public policy) about building cities and infrastructure to strengthen social networks and social cohesion in communities affected by climate change:

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