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Cities in a New/ Changing Climate: Saving our urban world and its dwellers

4 speakers
Global climate change will be both accelerated and mitigated through the nature of life; in cities and because of city systems& through the carbon footprint of a globe that is increasingly urban. Understanding and highlighting how climate action is localised in complex urban areas is therefore essential to reducing the impacts of climate change& while promoting resilience of people& communities and systems. This event brings together a diverse panel of researchers and practitioners in a public forum& opening up space for discussions& challenging debate and vigorous responses to the panel’s provocations about the “PEAK Urban” framework. The framework is a ‘policy innovation’& a novel tool for policy-makers and practitioners to understand complex urban spaces enabling more effective urban policy formulation. The panel will highlight& amongst others& the urban burdens of climate change and how especially marginalised urban dwellers in informal settlements experience disproportionate impacts& including on health. There will be a focus on first understanding complex urban environments& to then design effective urban programs and policies. Additionally& the panel will reflect on the resources& capacities& and opportunities for climate change adaptation and interventions in urban contexts. Discussions will draw on the experiences and approaches of over 35 international research projects of the PEAK Urban Programme ( and the Oxford Martin Programme on Informal Cities ( The panellists also advise on processes related to climate change and health of the United Cities and Local Governments& the World Health Organisation and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Led by the University of Oxford& the Indian Institute for Human Settlements& the African Centre for Cities& Peking and EAFIT Universities& the programmes represent approximately £ 10 million investment in cities-focused research from UKRI. The second half of the session will consist of participatory round-table styled discussions& in zoom break-out rooms. It will engage participants of the session who are expected to come from the public sector& academia and from civil society organisations working on climate and health related issues facing cities. Participants will receive a 1-page summary of the framework presented by the panel and discuss its relevance and applicability to their own contexts.