Reconfiguring of the Role of Cities In the Global Pursuit of Socially Just and Climate Resilient Communities


Anel Du Plessis considered a critical theory of urbanisation, which seeks to take an integrated approach to explaining deeply embedded social inequalities which exist within cities. Multiple factors come together to create crises within cities, compounded by both climate events, and the wider capitalist system. Therefore, we must focus on the causality of vulnerability in urban areas, rather than just responses.


This talk was held at:

Imagining a Different Future

Climate Justice Conference

The University of Tasmania with the support of the University of Utrecht Ethics Institute hosted a multidisciplinary conference examining the barriers to responding to climate change, implementing climate justice, and proposing ways forward. Among the keynote speakers were Law Faculty Professors Jan McDonald and Ben Richardson. The Law Faculty's Dr Peter Lawrence co-convened the conference with Jan Linehan. The conference took place in Hobart from 8-9 Feb 2018.

Despite the Paris Agreement, there are real concerns the prevailing neoliberal economic and political model, particularly with the move to more insular, nationalistic, fragile politics, cannot respond effectively to climate change and excludes key considerations such as ethics and justice. Videos and Podcasts from the conference are available on the Knowledge Hub.