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Climurb: Poverty and Climate Change in Urban Bangladesh

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Climate change impacts and adaptation in poor urban settlements

ClimUrb: Poverty and Climate Change in Urban Bangladesh explored climate change impacts and adaptation in poor urban settlements of Bangladesh. The work raised political and institutional awareness of the problems facing poor urban communities, and of the innovations and practices that urban poor people are pursuing to maintain and improve their lives.

The three-year project started in October 2010 and was funded by the ESRC-DFID. The research explored how to effectively address the problems of poor urban people, in a context of rapid climate change. It adopted a cross-disciplinary perspective, bringing together a team of leading Bangladeshi and UK researchers and policy activists working in six field sites. The research objectives were:

  • To examine the key challenges facing poor urban people in Bangladesh and understand how these challenges are compounded by climate change.
  • To investigate current adaptive practices by individuals and communities to build, protect and maintain their livelihoods in the face of these challenges.
  • To examine and compare the institutional structures which mediate urban poor people’s livelihood practices.
  • To provide policy-relevant findings that help public, private and non-profit agencies contribute more effectively to support the urban poor, particularly with adaptation to climate change.

Policy briefs

ClimUrb produced the following worldpoverty@manchester one-page policy briefings. These aim to present a useful at-a-glance summary of policy messages emerging from research. Interested readers may follow links to the more substantial bodies of research on which the briefings are based.

Case studies

ClimUrb research produced case studies, providing detailed descriptions of settlements surveyed.

TitleAuthorDownload PDF
Supraghat case study: community and institutional responses to the challenges facing squatter dwellers in Khulna, Bangladesh Manoj Roy, Kabita Chowdhury and Saiful Islam Full paper / Abstract
A survey of the built environment in two Dhaka bustees: Lotabel and Shandekka Shareq Rouf Chowdhury, Suhailey Farzana, Inteza Shahriar, Khondaker Hasibul Kabir and Fuad H. Mallick Full paper  / Abstract 
A case study of Magbara, Khulna Ferdous Jahan, Asif Mohammad Shahan, Md. Mamun-Ur Rashid and Shameem Reza Khan Full paper  / Abstract

Working papers

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Urban poverty in Bangladesh: causes, consequences, and coping strategies Nicola Banks. Abstract  / Full paper 
Community and institutional responses to the challenges facing poor urban people in Khulna, Bangladesh in an era of climate change Manoj Roy, Ferdous Jahan and David Hulme. Abstract / Full paper 
Poverty and climate change in urban Bangladesh: an analytical framework Manoj Roy with Simon Guy, David Hulme and Ferdous Jahan. Abstract / Full paper 
Neglecting the urban poor in Bangladesh: research, policy and action in the context of climate change Nicola Banks, Manoj Roy and David Hulme. Abstract /Full paper 

Journal articles

  • Manoj Roy and David Hulme (2013). 'How the private sector meets the demand for low-income shelter in Bangladesh', Shelter 24(1): 90-98. Download the journal issue  (PDF, 3.4MB).
  • Manoj Roy, David Hulme and Ferdous Jahan (2013). 'Contrasting adaptation responses by squatters and low-income tenants in Khulna, Bangladesh', Environment and Urbanization, 25(1), April (DOI: 10.1177/0956247813477362).
  • Nicola Banks (2013). 'Female employment in Dhaka, Bangladesh: participation, perceptions and pressures', Environment and Urbanization, 25(1), April (DOI: 10.1177/0956247813477357).
  • Nicola Banks, Manoj Roy and David Hulme (2011). 'Neglecting the urban poor in Bangladesh: research, policy and action in the context of climate change'. Environment and Urbanization, 23: 487 (DOI: 10.1177/0956247811417794).

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