November 16, 2023: IRES Faculty Seminar with James Connolly

Planning for Socially Equitable Green Climate Urbanism

Time: 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Location: Beaty Museum Allan Yap Theatre (Basement, 2212 Main Mall) Please check in at the Admissions Desk first before going to the Theatre.

No food or drinks allowed in the Theatre.

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Talk summary:

How do land-use-based climate strategies reorder the local geography of risk for urban residents? In this talk, I argue that the answer to this question is more complicated than the one commonly presented in public discourse. If processes outlined within established “green gentrification” research continue as an engine for change in cities, then urban climate interventions cannot be understood as simple risk reduction actions. Rather, they have to be seen as actions that reorder the spatial dimension of risk – or, in other words, create a new riskscape pattern – within cities. This reordering occurs specifically because of interactions across social and ecological risks. I will outline these interactions based on my recent research and discuss what this way of thinking about planning interventions means for the practice of green climate urbanism.

Dr. James J.T. Connolly, Assistant Professor
School of Community and Regional Planning


James J.T. Connolly is Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia and the former Co-Director of the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) within the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (ICTA). His research interests focus on the intersection of urban greening and social justice, with a focus on processes of green gentrification, climate risk, and the politics of urban transformation.