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The missing politics of urban vulnerability: The state and the co-production of climate risk

Fraser, Arabella


Arabella Fraser


© 2017, © The Author(s) 2017. Studies of urban disaster and climate change risk have increasingly invoked governmentality as a theoretical frame for understanding how urban risk governance functions. This article argues that the use of governmentality in this context can advance political readings of urban vulnerability to climate risk. However, using the idiom of co-production from Science and Technology Studies, I question current treatments of the politics of expertise in the urban risk governance literature, highlighting the need to understand the political commitments and practices that shape the implementation of purportedly technical risk knowledge and their particular manifestation in the context of informal, urban settlements. A case study from Bogota, Colombia, links the science and practice of state risk management to vulnerability outcomes in informal urban settlements. It shows how a new suite of qualitative methodological approaches are revealing of the power-knowledge dynamics in governance that influence vulnerability, and their differential social effects.


Fraser, A. (2017). The missing politics of urban vulnerability: The state and the co-production of climate risk. Environment and Planning A, 49(12), 2835-2852.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 28, 2017
Publication Date Dec 1, 2017
Deposit Date Nov 14, 2018
Journal Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space
Print ISSN 0308-518X
Electronic ISSN 1472-3409
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 49
Issue 12
Pages 2835-2852
Keywords Urban vulnerability risk assessment; disaster risk management; climate change adaptation; co-production
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