Dr Sara Fuller1
1Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Understanding responsibility is critical for developing socially and politically just responses to climate change. This is particularly significant in the context of urban transformations where cities are framed as both causally responsible for carbon emissions while also vulnerable to climate impacts such as flooding or heatwaves. It is therefore important to analyse how the concept of climate responsibility is framed and mobilised in city-based climate initiatives and the wider implications for equity and justice. This paper draws on a systematic literature review and a review of urban climate policies in cities across the Asia Pacific – a region characterised by high rates of economic growth and rapid urbanisation alongside widespread exposure to the effects of climate change. To date there has been a lack of comprehensive research and analysis in relation to the question of urban climate responsibility and virtually none in the Asia-Pacific. In interrogating the political and ethical issues associated with urban climate responsibility, the paper therefore reflects on the geographies of responsibility across the Asia Pacific region and provides insights into the framing and regional dynamics of urban climate justice.
My research explores concepts and practices of justice in the context of global environmental change, with an empirical focus on grassroots, community and activist responses to climate change. Prior to joining Macquarie University, I held postdoctoral positions at Durham University, UK and City University of Hong Kong where I conducted research on low carbon urban transitions and climate governance; NGO discourses of energy justice; low carbon communities and social justice; and energy vulnerability in communities. My current projects focus on the politics and governance of urban climate justice across the Asia-Pacific region.