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Do town planners in England feel a professional responsibility for a climate-resilient built environment?

Murtagh, N., Odeleye, N.-D. and Maidment, C. (2019) Do town planners in England feel a professional responsibility for a climate-resilient built environment? In: SBE19 - Emerging Concepts for Sustainable Built Environment, 22-24 May 2019, Helsinki, Finland.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1088/1755-1315/297/1/012036

Abstract/Summary

With global warming already underway and the sense of urgency around climate breakdown growing, delivery of a resilient built environment is critical. Town planners are crucial intermediaries in this work but there is little recent work in the UK exploring their role in climate change resilience. In addressing the gap, the objective of the study was to examine resilience and professional identity of town planners. Interviews were conducted with 19 planners working in England who had at least seven years' experience. Thematic analysis of the data found a strong professional and public service identity but little awareness of resilience. Many participants were unfamiliar with the concept, with the exception of specific actions such as planning for flood protection, and almost none were aware of resilience thinking incorporating conceptualisation of places as complex, interconnected, dynamic systems. We conclude that the built environment in England is not being prepared for imminent and future climate risks, and that the gaps on climate-resilience pose a threat to the profession's jurisdiction.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:86644

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