Urban Climate Change Adaptation Planning

In this area of my research I focus on how local governments can enhance resilience in the face of climate change by examining the opportunities and challenges for urban climate change adaptation planning. I assess what local governments are doing to adapt to climate impacts, what resources they require, and whether these needs are being met. I am also interested in the politics of climate adaptation in cities of the Global North and South, including how institutions evolve, the decision-making processes, and whose resilience gets prioritized as a result and why.

Illustrative Publications

  • Nordgren, John, Melissa Stults, Sara Meerow. 2016. "Supporting Local Climate Change Adaptation: Where we are and where we need to go" Environmental Science & Policy. Link
  • Meerow, Sara and Carrie Mitchell. 2017. “Weathering the Storm: The politics of urban climate change adaptation planning” Environment and Planning A. Link
  • Meerow, Sara. 2017. "Double exposure, infrastructure planning, and urban climate resilience in coastal megacities: A case study of Manila" Environment and Planning A. Link