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Cities Facing Climate Change: An Urban Political Ecology Approach

International policy-making organisations depict cities as holding the key to transitions for a just climate change. Is that the case? What is already being done? Who wins and who loses? What more can be done for more just and environmentally sustainable urban futures?

Political Ecology is a theoretical and methodological approach to the study of socio-ecological systems, focusing on conflict, power and the uneven distribution of environmental costs and benefits.

This course will introduce you to core theoretical concepts and methodological approaches used by political ecologists. You will learn to apply these to the study of urban and city environments in particular.

The themes we will focus on throughout the course include the urbanisation of nature, urban metabolism and planetary urbanisation, critical approaches to urban environmental risks, postcolonial urban political ecologies, and intersectional and embodied urban political ecologies.


Prof dr M. Kaika.


You can find the timetable on Datanose

Entry requirements

This course is open to second-year and third-year UvA Bachelor's students.


Registration is open from 19 to 26 June 2023 in GLASS

If you have any trouble while registering, please contact the Education Desk of the College of Social Sciences at

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