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Centering Racial Justice in Urban Flood Adaptation: Planning and Evaluation Tools for Decision Makers and Stakeholders

Racial and spatial segregation in cities generate uneven exposure to current and future urban flood risks and worsen the economic and health consequences of flooding for BIPOC communities. Failing to center racial justice in urban adaptation not only neglects those communities most affected by climate change, but it can also produce decisions and investments that exacerbate current inequalities.

A growing number of decision makers, planners, stakeholders, and advocates are committed to centering racial justice in urban adaptation, and a growing number of tools and resources are available to inform this work. To support communities and decision-makers in moving forward, we have worked collaboratively with stakeholders to develop an integrated set of decision-making tools and resources.

Team Members

Sara Hughes, Principal Investigator
University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability
seas.umich.edu/research/faculty/sara-hughes | waterclimatepolicylab.org

Joyce Coffee
Climate Resilience Consulting
climateresilienceconsulting.com/leadership

Sara Dobie
University of Michigan Taubman College
taubmancollege.umich.edu/phd-students/sarah-dobie

Andres Gonzalez
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Genevieve LaMarr LeMee
University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability/Taubman College

Madeleine Lane
University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability

Richard Norton
University of Michigan Taubman College
taubmancollege.umich.edu/faculty/directory/richard-norton

Kirsten Schwarz
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
luskin.ucla.edu/person/kirsten-schwarz | kirstenschwarz.com

V. Kelly Turner
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
luskin.ucla.edu/person/v-kelly-turner

 

Project support provided by a Catalyst Grant from the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute.