Now available Research Prof. Vanesa Castán seminar about “Changing cities in a changing climate”

Now available the seminar of Research Prof. Vanesa Castán Broto, research professor in the Sheffield Urban Institute, University of Sheffield, about “Changing cities in a changing climate”. Researcher Castán took part at our  annual Visiting programme, where researcher for different institutions came to our centre to give a seminar about their latest research.



“Debates around the need for urgent, radical action have brought cities to the centre of debates about climate change politics. Technology optimists have portrayed cities as sites of technological innovation, where new ideas about human relationships with resources and the environment can be essayed. At the same time, the discussion of possibilities and recommendations for action has posited cities as sites where new forms of climate change governance are imagined and appropriated. The result is that changing discourses of governing climate change cannot be understood without examining the practical responses that emerge from cities- from transport systems to new models of energy provision.

In my research, I have sought to engage simultaneously with the governance of climate change in cities, and the ways in which climate change is already driving urban change. The result is an outlook of research that sits uncomfortably between looking for practical responses to climate change and examining them with scepticism. One theme pervasive in this research has been the tension between strategic attempts at bringing about an urban transition as an orchestrated, well-managed event, and the realities of urban change as it emerges from people’s everyday life.

In this lecture, I will examine my own role, as a researcher, in advancing a progressive agenda that responds to an urgent climate change challenge. I will explore the tensions between experimental forms of action-research, policy-oriented research, and curiosity-led research and the way in which these different forms of thinking have shaped my research agenda as I have attempted to respond to what I believe is the most important challenge of our times: enabling life in a climate changed future.”

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