Turning up the heat

Urban political ecology for a climate emergency

Edited by Maria Kaika, Roger Keil, Tait Mandler and Yannis Tzaninis

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    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6799-6
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    Since its emergence in the 1990s, the field of Urban Political Ecology (UPE) has focused on unsettling traditional understandings of the 'city' as entirely distinct from nature, showing instead how cities are metabolically linked with ecological processes and the flow of resources. More recently, a new generation of scholars has turned the focus towards the climate emergency. Turning up the heat seeks to turn UPE's critical energies towards a politically engaged debate over the role of extensive urbanisation in addressing socio-environmental equality in the context of climate change.

    The collection brings together theoretical discussions and rigorous empirical analysis by key scholars spanning three generations, engaging UPE in current debates about urbanisation and climate change. Engaging with cutting edge approaches including feminist political ecology, circular economies, and the Anthropocene, case studies in the book range from Singapore and Amsterdam to Nairobi and Vancouver. Contributors make the case for a UPE better informed by situated knowledges: an embodied UPE that pays equal attention to the role of postcolonial processes and more-than-human ontologies of capital accumulation within the context of the climate emergency. Acknowledging UPE's rich intellectual history and aiming to enrich rather than split the field, Turning up the heat reveals how UPE is ideally positioned to address contemporary environmental issues in theory and practice.


    'Turning up the heat is an ambitious book that delivers what it promises, a bringing together of the proliferating field of urban political ecology, to take stock, but moreover, to move on. In a hotter world with increasing social inequality, it will function as inspiration for scholarship and political ecological action for many and for years to come.'
    Henrik Ernstson, Associate Professor and Docent in Political Ecology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester

    'Turning up the heat makes a brilliant contribution to critical scholarship. Here is a rich and much-needed collection of cases and critiques that pushes us to theorise the urban from its margins. It demands creative modes of political thought and action to confront a world of environmental destruction, authoritarianism, and economic inequality.'
    Malini Ranganathan, Associate Professor, American University, and co-author of Corruption Plots: Stories, Ethics, and Publics of the Late Capitalist City

    'A pertinent contribution to UPE scholarship as it brings together a diversity of authors (from the global North and global South) to discuss theory and praxis in relation to what role urbanization could and should play in addressing socio-environmental equality within the context of climate change and related rifts. The volume is also a valuable literature to anyone: policymaker, practitioner or layperson, who wants to unpick further the nuances of the 'urbanization of nature' and 'extended urbanization', the role of past and present socio-economic factors and place in urban inequalities, and their significance for addressing our current climate emergency.'
    Hannah Lee, Environment & Urbanization


    Prologue: Losing California - The political ecology of the megafires - Mike Davis

    Introduction - Urban political ecology for a climate emergency - Yannis Tzaninis, Tait Mandler, Maria Kaika, and Roger Keil

    Part I: Extended urbanisation: Moving UPE beyond the 'urbanisation of nature' thesis
    1 Capital's natures: A critique of (urban) political ecology - Erik Swyngedouw
    2 Urban political ecology versus ecological urbanism - Matthew Gandy
    3 Towards the urban-natural: Notes on urban utopias from the decolonial turn - Roberto Luís Monte-Mór and Ester Limonad
    4 Circuits of extraction and the metabolism of urbanisation - Martín Arboleda
    5 Hinterlands of the Capitalocene - Neil Brenner and Nikos Katsikis

    Part II: Situated urban political ecologies
    6 The case for reparations, urban political ecology, and the Black right to urban life - Nik Heynen and Nikki Luke
    7 Urban climate change and feminist political ecology - Andrea J. Nightingale
    8 Nairobi's bad natures - Wangui Kimari
    9 Situating suburban ecologies in the Global South: Notes from India's urban periphery - Shubhra Gururani
    10 Infrastructure beyond the modern ideal: Thinking through heterogeneity, serendipity, and autonomy in African cities - Mary Lawhon, Anesu Makina, and Gloria Nsangi Nakyagaba

    Part III: More-than-human urban political ecologies and relational geographies
    11 Extending the boundaries of 'urban society': The urban political ecologies and pathologies of Ebola virus disease in West Africa - Roger Keil, S. Harris Ali, and Stefan Treffers
    12 In formation: Urban political ecology for a world of flows - Kian Goh
    13 Insurgent earth: Territorialist political ecology in/for the new climate regime - Camilla Perrone

    Part IV: Addressing disjunctions between policy, politics, and academic debate
    14 Populist political ecologies? Urban political ecology, authoritarian populism, and the suburbs - Alex Loftus and Joris Gort
    15 Greenwashing and greywashing: New ideologies of nature in urban sustainability policy - David Wachsmuth and Hillary Angelo
    16 The peasant way or the urban way? Why disidentification matters for emancipatory politics - Irina Velicu
    17 Urbanising islands: A critical history of Singapore's offshore islands - Creighton Connolly and Hamzah Muzaini
    18 The circular economy of cities: The good, the bad, and the ugly - Federico Savini

    Epilogue: Is an integrated UPE research and policy agenda possible? - Tait Mandler, Roger Keil, Yannis Tzaninis, and Maria Kaika



    Maria Kaika is Professor in Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Amsterdam

    Roger Keil is Professor in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University, Canada

    Tait Mandler is a postdoctoral researcher in the Knowledge, Technology, and Innovation group at Wageningen University

    Yannis Tzaninis is a researcher in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam

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    Edited by Maria Kaika, Roger Keil, Tait Mandler, Yannis Tzaninis

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