1st Edition

Injustice in Urban Sustainability Ten Core Drivers

    170 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    170 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book uses a unique typology of ten core drivers of injustice to explore and question common assumptions around what urban sustainability means, how it can be implemented, and how it is manifested in or driven by urban interventions that hinge on claims of sustainability.

    Aligned with critical environmental justice studies, the book highlights the contradictions of urban sustainability in relation to justice. It argues that urban neighbourhoods cannot be greener, more sustainable and liveable unless their communities are strengthened by the protection of the right to housing, public space, infrastructure and healthy amenities. Linked to the individual drivers, ten short empirical case studies from across Europe and North America provide a systematic analysis of research, policy and practice conducted under urban sustainability agendas in cities such as Barcelona, Glasgow, Athens, Boston and Montréal, and show how social and environmental justice is, or is not, being taken into account. By doing so, the book uncovers the risks of continuing urban sustainability agendas while ignoring, and therefore perpetuating, systemic drivers of inequity and injustice operating within and outside of the city.

    Accessibly written for students in urban studies, critical geography and planning, this is a useful and analytical synthesis of issues relating to urban sustainability, environmental and social justice.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781003221425, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license. Funded by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


    Introduction: Urban sustainability beyond techno-political fixes: An exploration of 10 core drivers of injustice

    1. Driver 1: Material and Livelihood Inequalities

    2. Driver 2: Racialized or Ethnically Exclusionary Urbanization

    3. Driver 3: Uneven Urban and Intensification and Regeneration

    4. Driver 4: Uneven Environmental Health and Pollution Patterns

    5. Driver 5: Exclusive Access to the Benefits of Urban Sustainability Infrastructure

    6. Driver 6: Unfit Institutional Structures

    7. Driver 7: Weakened Civil Society

    8. Driver 8: Limited Citizen Participation

    9. Driver 9: Power-Knowledge Asymmetries

    10. Driver 10: The Growth Imperative and Neoliberal Urbanism





    Panagiota Kotsila is a postdoctoral researcher based at Institute for Environmental Sciences and Technology-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) and the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ).

    Isabelle Anguelovski is the director of BCNUEJ, an ICREA research professor, a senior researcher and principal investigator at ICTA-UAB.

    Melissa García-Lamarca is a postdoctoral researcher based at ICTA-UAB and the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ).

    Filka Sekulova is a postdoctoral fellow at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and an associate researcher at the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ) and ICTA-UAB.