Slow Onset Urban Disasters Making and the Politics of Place
Fourth ISA Forum, July 14-18, 2020, Brazil.

Slow onset urban disasters related to climate change are less visible than quick onset ones caused by extreme weather events, as they are entrenched in various processes of the production of space. Long-term carbon impacts and climate vulnerabilities are often produced by choices in infrastructure, materials, transportation and housing systems causing slow onset disasters to kill, make people ill and deteriorate quality of life across protracted time. Also at stake is the restricted access to decision-making processes in place, or even the denial of social and cultural citizenship as a right-to-be-in-the-place, that can coalesce over time to produce greater exposure and vulnerability. In spite of being located at the critical intersection of places as physical and social spaces, slow onset urban disasters are less documented. The relation between the social and economic logic that determines and regulate their use and the urban politics and struggle over these uses are the arena of the politics of place, nowadays so relevant for a better understanding of the climate change adaptation vs disaster relationship.

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