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Emerging strategies of urban reproduction and the pursuit of low carbon cities

Harriet Bulkeley, Mike Hodson and Simon Marvin

in The Future of Sustainable Cities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426673
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305545 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426673.003.0006
Emerging strategies of urban reproduction and the pursuit of low carbon cities

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This chapter critically explores the interconnection between the emerging climate change agenda in the UK and cities. Focusing on one key national strategy – the 2009 UK Low Carbon Transition Plan (Department of Energy and Climate Change 2009) – it examines the emergence of a new ‘low carbon’ urban politics and the strategic roles envisioned for cities in the low carbon transition. The chapter finds an ambivalent urban climate politics, articulated through the tensions between seeking to manage carbon ‘from the top down’ and opening up space for experimentation and alternatives on the one hand, and the ambitions for universal ‘transitions’ and the specificities of place on the other.

Keywords: cities; nation-state; low carbon cities; transition; urban

Chapter.  6922 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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