Project summary:

How cities address inequality in their planning efforts varies widely, raising concerns that adaptation interventions may continue patterns of disparate risk for low-income communities of color. This emerging area of research is dominated by comparative policy analysis or case studies of a small number of early adopters. There is limited empirical evidence evaluating whether climate adaptation practices are (re)creating environmental inequalities. This gap is especially prevalent in Texas given the lack of large-scale urban adaptation planning. We ask how Texas cities are planning for climate change through four sub-questions:

  1. How are cities assessing climate-related heat and flood risks with regards to spatial patterns of social inequality, infrastructure vulnerability, and public health concerns?
  2. How are cities prioritizing the spatial distribution of climate adaptation actions?
  3. How, and to what extent, are community groups engaged in adaptation decisions?
  4. What are the spatial relationships between climate risks; adaptation actions; and measures of income, race, and segregation?
Project team:

Robert Paterson (Architecture), Miriam Solis (Architecture), Pavithra Vasudevan (Women’s & Gender Studies and Africa & African Diaspora Studies), and Deidre Zoll (Architecture)