Extreme climate risks are recognised as the most severe threat to fast-growing cities across the globe, and especially in Africa. As most world governments commit to reduce carbon emission, the role of science and research appears polarised between the scepticism of fossil fuel-dependent economies and the zealous but discordant efforts of climate change mitigating actions. In fast-urbanising economies, this missing link between data science and policy planning often translates into development initiatives that are designed to deliver sustainable responses to climate change global trends but fail to account for the social, economic and ecological impacts of localised climate extremes and anomalies. In an attempt to foster an interdisciplinary discourse, the IHOPE Aarhus hub is hosting a workshop to consider the socio-environmental implications of fast urbanising phenomena and increasing climate change sensitivity in Africa and beyond. Participants from across the humanities, social sciences and geosciences will offer perspectives and case studies on urban services and food-water security, urban spaces and resilient-built environments, and urban living in different contexts.
See the full program and register to attend by May 5 here