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Maintaining Climate Change Experiments: Urban Political Ecology and the Everyday Reconfiguration of Urban Infrastructure
Article first published online: 8 JUL 2013
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International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Volume 37, Issue 6, pages 1934–1948, November 2013
How to Cite
Broto, V. C. and Bulkeley, H. (2013), Maintaining Climate Change Experiments: Urban Political Ecology and the Everyday Reconfiguration of Urban Infrastructure. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37: 1934–1948. doi: 10.1111/1468-2427.12050
We are grateful to Diane Diacon and Steven Graham for their feedback and support shown during the development of this article. We would also like to thank three anonymous IJURR reviewers for their comments. The research undertaken in preparing this article has been supported by Harriet Bulkeley's ESRC Climate Change Fellowship (2008–2012) ‘Urban transitions: climate change, global cities and the transformation of socio-technical networks’ (award no. RES-066-27-0002). The usual disclaimers apply.
- Issue published online: 24 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 8 JUL 2013
- Harriet Bulkeley's ESRC Climate Change Fellowship. Grant Number: RES-066-27-0002
- climate change;
- urban political ecology;
Climate change governance is increasingly being conducted through urban climate change experiments, purposive interventions that seek to reconfigure urban sociotechnical systems to achieve low-carbon and resilient cities. In examining how experiments take effect, we suggest that we need to understand not only how they are made and assembled, but also how they are maintained within specific urban contexts. Drawing on literatures from urban political ecology and the specific debate on urban repair and maintenance, this article examines maintenance in two case studies of climate change experiments in housing in Bangalore (India) and Monterrey (Mexico). We find that maintenance is a crucial process through which not only urban obduracy is preserved, but also the novel and innovative character of the experiment is asserted and reproduced. The process of ‘maintaining’ experiments is a precarious one, which requires a continuous external input in terms of remaking the experiment materially and discursively. This process causes further reconfigurations beyond the experiment, changing the patterns of responsibility attribution and acceptability that configure the urban fabric.