Conclusions: Global Space and Urban Sustainability

  • Yonn Dierwechter
Part of the Cities and the Global Politics of the Environment book series (CGPEP)


This final chapter recapitulates the main ideas of the book and assesses the limitations of the arguments on offer. The chapter ends with a brief discussion of a possible research agenda going forward, particularly as this agenda involves a comparative urban studies program increasingly sensitive to the shared geopolitics of environmentalism. Such as program should consider discontent with green policies that are linked discursively to elite actors putatively hostile to industry, nationalism, working-class lives, and “local” democracy, but which arguably now constitute a (once unexpected) part of what Brauch et al. (in: Brauch et al. (eds) Coping with global environmental change, disasters and security, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011) have called the “political geoecologies” of the Anthropocene. Here again, and for the final time, the chapter reconsiders how the “abrading and imposition” of different world orders are co-shaping the contemporary interplay between cities, states, and global environmental politics.


Global sustainability Rise of cities Urban geopolitics Stateness 


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  • Yonn Dierwechter
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  1. 1.University of Washington TacomaTacomaUSA

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