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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Ray Hudson: Material matters and the search for resilience: Rethinking regional and urban development strategies in the context of global environment

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 3/4, pp. 166–184.

Material matters and the search for resilience: Rethinking regional and urban development strategies in the context of global environmental change

Ray Hudson
(Durham University, DH1 3HP, U.K.)

Abstract

Recently it has become clear that the scale of environmental pollution because of human activities is expanding on a scale previously unimagined. The growth of greenhouse gases is producing perhaps irreversible changes with potentially apocalyptic consequences to the ecological systems on which life on earth as we know it depends. In part this growth reflects neoliberal strategies for urban and regional development that seek to maximise the global movement of people and things. This raises questions about how we think – or perhaps more accurately should think – about regional and urban development and possible transitions to more resilient and sustainable cities and regions as a necessary element in a transition to a more resilient and sustainable planet. Can those who live in the core cities and regions of the affluent global 'north' continue to rely on the global movements of commodities and people from distant regions to sustain their lifestyles? Can they assume that the wastes produced via their activities can continue to be dumped in the global commons or exported to places in the global 'south'? What will the looming global crisis of sustainability entail for both the theory and practice of regional and urban development?

1 comment:

owl said...

'neoliberal strategies for urban and regional development' ? This guy needs to rewind to the point where he's id'd a massive pollution problem - and leave out the political bias.slc00123