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Sustainable Urban Development in the Age of Climate Change

People: The Cure or Curse


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Ali Cheshmehzangi, Ayotunde Dawodu
    Pages 23-68
  3. Ali Cheshmehzangi, Ayotunde Dawodu
    Pages 69-131
  4. Ali Cheshmehzangi, Ayotunde Dawodu
    Pages 157-182
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 183-188

About this book


This book considers the impact of climate change on cities, advocating that people are the panaceas and antidote to mitigating climate change, by enhancing their involvement in achieving sustainable development Goals (SDGs). This leads to the development of an SDG best practice participation template, which is supported by an extensive checklist of the ‘whats’ and ‘hows’ in participatory processes. Using case studies, extensive literature reviews and meta-analysis to make a case for a people-centric and integrated approach to sustainable urban development, the book examines the role of governance in climate change, focusing on decision making processes, policies and regulations, as well as focusing on the significance of a people-oriented approach on climate change and cities. Through an extensive global outlook, it highlights bottom-up methods of implementing and achieving sustainable urban development in the age of climate change. These highlights should help to develop new mindsets, new strategies, new directions and new policies, through which we can see a more sustainable approach to urbanisation and urban development globally, which can start ‘equipping future generations with the tools for them to help their future generations’.


Climate Change and Cities Urban Planning and Climate Change Policy Climate Change and Stakeholder Participation Sustainability, Urban Planning, and Policy Making Bottom-up Approach to Climate Change

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Nottingham Ningbo ChinaNingboChina
  2. 2.University of Nottingham Ningbo ChinaNingboChina

About the authors

Ali Cheshmehzangi, urbanist/urban designer by profession, is the Head of Department of Architecture and Built Environment and Director of Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET), The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. He is also Director of Urban Innovation Lab with an on-going project on low-carbon urban development.

Ayotunde Dawodu is a Mechanical Engineering (BSc) and Sustainable Energy Engineering (MSc) graduate from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and the University of Nottingham, UK respectively. He is currently in the concluding year of his PhD research at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China (Department of Architecture and Built environment).

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“Smart city planners must consider solutions to environmental shocks, many of which result from climate change. This book is an important contribution to the dialogue.” (Babatunde Durosinmi–Etti, Honourable Commissioner of the Ministry of Environment of Lagos State, Nigeria)

“As an intellectual guidepost, this book should be read by responsible politicians, bureacrats, administrators and planners for the benefit of their constituents and stakeholders.” (Yoshiharu Izaki, the mayor of Nagareyama city, which is the fastest growing city in Japan amid the ongoing decline in population)