The 21st century has been called the "century of the city." Unprecedented and uneven urban growth and expansion coupled with climate change have compounded concerns that current urbanization pathways are not sustainable. Calls for scholarship on urban sustainability among geographers cite strengths in both examining human-environment interactions and unravelling urbanization patterns and processes that positioned the discipline to make unique contributions to critical research needs.
Geographic Perspectives on Urban Sustainability reflects on the contributions that geographers have made to urban sustainability scholarship on varied domains such as transportation, green infrastructure, and gentrification. Contributed chapters probe uniquely geographic perspectives on urban resilience, environmental justice, political ecology, and planning that arise from empirically integrating social and biophysical realms that arise from considering spatial dimensions of problems like scale- and place-based peculiarities of phenomena.
This book will be of great value to scholars, students, and policymakers interested in Urban and City Planning, Political Ecology, and Sustainable Urbanism.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Urban Geography.
Table of Contents
1. Geographic perspectives on urban sustainability: past, current, and future research trajectories
V. Kelly Turner and David H. Kaplan
2. Transportation sustainability in the urban context: a comprehensive review
Selima Sultana, Deborah Salon and Michael Kuby
3. Urban resilience for whom, what, when, where, and why?
Sara Meerow and Joshua P. Newell
4. Green infrastructure, green space, and sustainable urbanism: geography’s important role
Lisa Benton-Short, Melissa Keeley and Jennifer Rowland
5. Uneven urban metabolisms: toward and integrative (ex)urban political ecology of sustainability in and around the city
Innisfree McKinnon, Patrick T Hurley, Colleen C Myles, Megan Maccaroni and Trina Filan
V. Kelly Turner is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Associate Director of Urban Environmental Research at the Luskin Center for Innovation in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, USA. She holds a PhD in Geography from Arizona State University, Tempe, USA.
David H. Kaplan is Professor of Geography at Kent State University, USA. He is the past President of the American Association of Geographers and the Editor-in-Chief of Geographical Review.