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‘Urban ecological security’: A new urban paradigm?

Hodson, M and Marvin, S 2009, '‘Urban ecological security’: A new urban paradigm?' , International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 33 (1) , pp. 193-215.

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Abstract

The term ‘ecological security’ is usually used in relation to attempts to safeguard flows of ecological resources, infrastructure and services at the national scale. But increasing concerns over ‘urban ecological security’ (UES) are now giving rise to strategies to reconfigure cities and their infrastructures in ways that help to secure their ecological and material reproduction. Yet cities have differing capacities and capabilities for developing strategic responses to the opportunities and constraints of key UES concerns. These include resource constraints and climate change, and consequently these newly emerging strategies may selectively privilege particular urban areas and particular social interests over others. In this article, we focus on world cities and outline the challenges posed by the growing concern for UES. We review the emerging responses that may increasingly form a new dominant ‘logic’ of infrastructure provision, which we characterize as Secure Urbanism and Resilient Infrastructure (SURI). We conclude by addressing the extent to which this new dominant ‘logic’ underpins a new strategy of accumulation or more ‘progressive’ politics by outlining alternatives to SURI, possibilities for shaping SURI more ‘progressively’ and developing an agenda for future research.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF)
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 03091317
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2011 14:37
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:00
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/16636

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