Leapfrogging urban development


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Leapfrogging urban development: navigating resource competition and low carbon transitions for inclusive and sustainable African cities 

Dr Shuaib Lwasa


Date: 30 January 2019, 17:00 - 19:00

Location: Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School


The urgency of limiting global warming to under 2C has been emphasized by the recent rulebook at COP24 in Katowice. This comes after the release of the IPCC special report on impacts of 1.5C which identifies pathways for accelerated action to limit global warming and address resource competition through changes in multiple areas including: energy, water, land use and ecosystems, urban and infrastructure, and industry. Global south cities are growing fast but much of the urban landscape is yet to be built especially in Africa. Global south cities have shown signals of practical solutions to low emissions, resource competition and sustainability and thus can provide lead in global transition addressing climate change, reducing disaster risk and navigating competition for land and water while addressing development deficits. This talk will explore opportunities of leapfrogging urban development in African cities in context of the Paris Agreement, UNFCC Rules book, SDGs and Sendai framework for risk reduction through integration of the sectors for inclusiveness and resilient cities.


This talk is organised by the Oxford Water Network

Shuaib Lwasa has over 15 years of experience in university teaching and research working on interdisciplinary projects. His recent work has been in the fields of climate change mitigation, adaptation of cities to climate change, urban environmental management, spatial planning, and disaster risk reduction, as well as urban sustainability with links to livelihood systems and vulnerability to climate change.

He has published on cities and adaptation to climate change, health impacts of climate change, land and property rights, land use and landscape ecology, resource efficiency, and spatial planning for sustainability. Shuaib coordinates the Habitat University (UNI) climate change and disaster Hub at the department of Geography. He also serves on the Science Steering committee member of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) and he is an IPCC Coordinating Lead Author for the Sixth Assessment Report WG III Chapter on Urban Systems.