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Africa's urban adaptation transition under a 1.5° climate (2017)
Journal Article
Pelling, M., Leck, H., Pasquini, L., Ajibade, I., Osuteye, E., Parnell, S., …Boubacar, S. (2018). Africa's urban adaptation transition under a 1.5° climate. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 31, 10-15. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2017.11.005

For cities in sub-Saharan Africa a 1.5 °C increase in global temperature will bring forward the urgency of meeting basic needs in sanitation, drinking water and land-tenure, and underlying governance weaknesses. The challenges of climate sensitive ma... Read More

Africa’s urban risk and resilience (2017)
Journal Article
Fraser, A., Leck, H., Parnell, S., & Pelling, M. (2017). Africa’s urban risk and resilience. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 26, 1-6. doi:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.09.050

The literature on disaster risk and its reduction in Africa’s urban centres remains limited, despite evidence of disaster risks increasing with urban growth. This Special Issue brings together new synthetic reviews, detailed empirical case studies an... Read More

The missing politics of urban vulnerability: the state and the co-production of climate risk (2017)
Journal Article
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. doi:10.1177/0308518x17732341

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... Read More

Developing Frameworks to Understand Disaster Causation: From Forensic Disaster Investigation to Risk Root Cause Analysis (2016)
Journal Article
Fraser, A., Paterson, S., & Pelling, M. (2016). Developing Frameworks to Understand Disaster Causation: From Forensic Disaster Investigation to Risk Root Cause Analysis. 00 Journal not listed, 03(02), doi:10.1142/s2345737616500081

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 calls for science to support policy move toward more holistic solutions to disaster risk. This paper outlines an original framework to promote inter-disciplinary research into disaster causat... Read More

Understanding risk in the context of urban development (2016)
Book Chapter
Fraser, A., Pelling, M., & Solecki, B. (2016). Understanding risk in the context of urban development. In S. Bartlett, & D. Satterthwaite (Eds.), Cities on a finite planet: towards transformative responses to climate change, 17-40. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

This chapter presents the conceptual landscape used in this book to analyse urban disaster and climate change risk. As well as providing working definitions to be taken forward in subsequent chapters, it discusses the implications for urban adaptatio... Read More