Cities and the Global Politics of the Environment is a new book series edited by Palgrave Macmillan.


The City Leadership Lab is leading this new cutting edge series developed in collaboration with Palgrave’s new Pivot platform. The series is an initiative of the City Leadership Lab and UCL STEaPP in collaboration with Palgrave, the Earth System Governance (ESG) project and the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town.


The series addresses the critical impact of cities on the global politics of the environment. More than half of humanity lives in cities, and by 2050 this might extend to three quarters of the world’s population. Cities now have an undeniable impact on world affairs: they constitute the hinges of the global economy, global information flows, and worldwide mobility of goods and people. Yet they also represent a formidable challenge for the 21st Century. Cities are core drivers not only of this momentous urbanisation, but also have a key impact on the environment, human security and the economy. Building on the Palgrave Pivot initiative, this series aims at capturing these pivotal implications with a particular attention to the impact of cities on global environmental politics, and with a distinctive cross-disciplinary appeal that seeks to bridge urban studies, international relations, and global governance. In particular, the series explores three themes: 1) what is the impact of cities on the global politics of the environment? 2) to what extent can there be talk of an emerging ‘global urban’ as a set of shared characteristics that link up cities worldwide? 3) how do new modes of thinking through the global environmental influence of cities help us to open up traditional frames for urban and international research?


Series Editors:

Michele Acuto, STEaPP, University College London

Joana Setzer, Grantham Institute, London School of Economics

Elizabeth Rapoport, STEaPP, University College London


See the series on the Palgrave site:

Global Advisory Board:

Prof Neil Adger (University of Exeter), Prof Chadwick Alger (Ohio State University), Prof Karin Backstrand (Lund University)

Prof Michele Betsill (Colorado State University), Prof Lorraine Elliott (Australian National University), Prof Peter M.Haas (University of Massachusetts), Prof Paul James (RMIT Melbourne), Prof Kristine Kern (University of Potsdam), Prof Susan Parnell (University of Cape Town), Prof Steve Rayner (University of Oxford), Dr Heike Schroeder (University of East Anglia)


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