The Fragility of Cities

While research on climate change and urban violence are independently strong, few efforts have been made to understand the linkages between them. To date, there is little research or analysis on whether, where and how climate change adaptation and urban violence intersect and interact.

Why are the potential connections between climate change adaptation and urban violence important to understand? First, to ensure that adaptation efforts do not inadvertently increase the risk of urban violence. And second, where possible, so that these efforts can be designed to reduce the risk. This article identifies some of the gaps in the knowledge base and potential entry points for future research and action.


This article is taken from Climate 2020, a publication by the United Nations Association - UK and Witan Media. To read the rest of the publication, visit