This book deepens the understanding of the broader processes that shape and mediate the responses to climate change of poor urban households and communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Representing an important contribution to the evolution of more effective pro-poor climate change policies in urban areas by local governments, national governments and international organisations, this book is invaluable reading to students and scholars of environment and development studies.

part I|36 pages

Urban poverty and climate change

chapter 1|10 pages


chapter 2|24 pages

The lived experience of urban poverty and climate change

Impacts and adaptation in slums

part II|74 pages

Vulnerability, adaptation and the built environment

part III|74 pages

Understanding change and adaptation

chapter 7|17 pages

Urban livelihoods in an era of climate change

Household adaptations and their limitations in Dhaka, Bangladesh

chapter 8|18 pages

Facing the floods

Community responses to increased rainfall in Guarulhos, Brazil and Arequipa, Peru

chapter 9|19 pages

From asset vulnerability to asset planning

Negotiating climate change adaptation solutions in an informal settlement in Cartagena, Colombia 1

chapter 10|18 pages

Climate change and water scarcity

Implications for the urban poor in coastal Bangladesh

part IV|70 pages

From learning to knowledge, innovation to action

chapter 11|15 pages

Innovation in the context of climate change

What is happening in India's informal economy? 1

chapter 12|19 pages

Can asset transfer promote adaptation amongst the extreme urban poor?

Lessons from the DSK-Shiree programme in Dhaka, Bangladesh

chapter 14|17 pages

Mobilising adaptation

Community knowledge and urban governance innovations in Indore, India

part V|11 pages


chapter 15|9 pages


Reconceptualising adaptation and comparing experiences