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An Urban Governance Framework for Including Environmental Migrants in Sustainable Cities

Kelman, Ilan; Clark-Ginsberg, Aaron; (2022) An Urban Governance Framework for Including Environmental Migrants in Sustainable Cities. Climate , 10 (8) , Article 121. 10.3390/cli10080121. Green open access

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Abstract

This article proposes an urban governance framework for including environmental migrants in sustainable cities. It outlines the links among environmental migration, vulnerability, and sustainability, showing how vulnerability and sustainability are not about the environment or the human condition as snapshots in space and time, but rather are long-term, multi-scalar, ever-evolving processes. This theoretical baseline is followed by a description of some practical approaches already applied for including environmental migrants in sustainable cities. The wide variety and lack of cohesion justifies the need for a framework, leading to three principal characteristics of a governance framework suitable for addressing vulnerability and environmental migration for urban sustainability: horizontally and vertically networked, inclusive, and evidence-based. As the framework’s three dimensions represent principles or overarching structural solutions rather than presenting operational guidance, the concluding discussion covers the framework’s limitations and a research agenda.

Type: Article
Title: An Urban Governance Framework for Including Environmental Migrants in Sustainable Cities
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/cli10080121
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/cli10080121
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 MDPI. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: cities; environmental migration; governance; migrants; sustainability; urban; vulnerability
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10154874
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