This volume brings together, for the first time, a wide-ranging and detailed body of information identifying and assessing risk, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in urban centres in low- and middle-income countries. Framed by an overview of the main possibilities and constraints for adaptation, the contributors examine the implications of climate change for cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and propose innovative agendas for adaptation. The book should be of interest to policy makers, practitioners and academics who face the challenge of addressing climate change vulnerability and adaptation in urban centres throughout the global South. Published with E&U and International Institute for Environment and Development
David Satterthwaite is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and editor of the international journal Environment and Urbanization. He is also a visiting Professor at the Development Planning Unit, University College London and was awarded the Volvo Environment Prize in 2004. Most of his work has been on poverty reduction in urban areas in Africa, Asia and Latin America, undertaken with local teams. He has written and edited various books on urban issues, including Squatter Citizen (with Jorge E. Hardoy), Environmental Problems in an Urbanizing World (with Jorge E. Hardoy and Diana Mitlin) and Empowering Squatter Citizen (with Diana Mitlin), all published by Earthscan. He also co-authored two recently published books on urban poverty with Diana Mitlin - Urban Poverty in the Global South: Scale and Nature and Reducing Urban Poverty in the Global South, both published by Routledge. He also has a particular interest in how climate change can or will add to the stresses and shocks faced by low-income urban dwellers. He is a Coordinating Lead Author for the chapter on urban adaptation in the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment and he also contributed to the IPCC's Third and Fourth Assessments. He has advised various international agencies including UNICEF, World Health Organization, OECD, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the World Bank, the European Commission, DFID, DANIDA and the Brundtland Commission.
For David Satterthwaite's TedX talk, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95Lq2T9OoFo