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Friday, April 6 • 9:40am - 11:05am
FR9.40.12 Environmental Policies in Urban Planning

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Much of the climate change literature argues that the urban poor located in cities of the Global South are among the most vulnerable to climate change impacts (World Bank 2010). Cities are also associated with increasing levels of inequality. At the same time, climate change creates new sources of vulnerability that puts those who are not currently poor at risk. The challenge lies in how governance actors and institutions can improve adaptive capacities to climate change (Lebel et al. 2011). In urban areas, which are characterised by a diversity of ethnicity, class, and interest, supporting social justice through collective adaptation means that actions must be framed in terms of rights and governance. The ways in which urban actors can create new mechanisms of collective decision-making, engagement, and linkages to formal state institutions, remains a pressing research concern.

This session is comprised of several papers that examine distinctive but linked areas of urban vulnerability to climate change in cities of the Global South. Each paper tackles a important aspect of urban vulnerability to climate change with the goal of examining how climate change impacts citizens from an environmental justice perspective, whether it be in terms land use, health considerations or labor, as well as how citizens might enhance their resilience collectively in the face of such impacts.

Moderator: Douglas Young, York University

Theory of Reasoned Action as a frame work for communicating climate risk: A case of school children in Mekong Delta in Vietnam 
Quynh Anh Nguyen, National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies; Luc Hensb,  Universidade of Nova De Lisboa, Campus de Campolide; Louis Lebel, Chiang Mai University; Charlotte MacAlisterd,  International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Boripat Lebel, Chiang Mai University; Sinh Bach Tanf, National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Study; Manh Hung Nguyeng, Winrock International

In Pursuit of Urban Resilience: Climate Change Adaptation in Cambodian Cities 
Laura Beckwith, University of Ottawa

The challenges of environmental policies in a developing city: a case study of Lao Cai, Vietnam
Gwenn Pulliat, French National Center for Scientific Research

Migrating Towards Vulnerabilities: Cascading Impacts of Structural Violence, Climate Change & Migration on Myanmar labour Migrants in Phuket, Thailand 
Angelica De Jesus, University of Toronto

Friday April 6, 2018 9:40am - 11:05am EDT
Chestnut West (Mezzanine Floor)