Carrie Mitchell

Carrie Mitchell
University of Waterloo | UWaterloo · School of Planning

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am an associate professor in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada. My work focuses on climate change communication, urban services delivery, and urban resilience.
Additional affiliations
July 2019 - present
University of Waterloo
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
September 2013 - June 2019
University of Waterloo
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
February 2008 - July 2013
International Development Research Centre
Position
  • Senior Program Officer
Education
September 2004 - June 2008
University of Toronto
Field of study
  • Human Geography

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Publications (22)
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Kenya has been a major hosting nation for refugees and asylum seekers from Africa for the past two decades. Since the early 1990s, Kenya has operated under an informal encampment policy that mandated all refugees should reside in camp areas. Notwithstanding legal constraints to their freedom of movement, refugees are increasingly found in Kenya’s u...
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Existing but limited empirical research suggests that while inclusivity, equity and justice are centrally important to building resilience, City governments do not consistently prioritize equity in resultant plans. Hence, more research is needed to unearth pathways toward equitable resilience planning. The goal of this paper is to contribute to thi...
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Managing future uncertainty is the essence of planning. How planners conceptualize the future therefore has important practical and normative implications as contemporary decisions have long-term impacts that may be irreversible and distribute costs and benefits across society. A discourse analysis of strategies prepared under the 100 Resilient Cit...
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This paper uses the “protect/accommodate/retreat/avoid” or “PARA” framework to categorize and examine flood disaster risk reduction approaches used to build climate change resilience in communities across Canada. We suggest that the PARA framework, first developed for climate change adaptation planning in communities facing sea level rise, is also...
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Open-access link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352340919306821?via%3Dihub This article contains four data tables: 1 and 2: A content analysis framework for evaluating the degree to which urban resilience plans emphasize issues of justice and equity in plan content, and associated point rubric for scoring criteria; 3. The raw...
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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) view resilience, sustainability, and social equity as being inherently linked. However, several critical scholars have cautioned that theories of resilience fail to address issues of equity, justice, and power, which potentially puts these goals at odds...
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This research examines climate change responses by experts from government, national agencies, civil society organizations, and private firms in Metro Manila. We found that highly bonding social capital, often forged through more familiar relationships, reduces organizational interactions and the potential for efficient knowledge mobilization. Spec...
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Resilience has risen rapidly over the last decade to become one of the key terms in international policy and academic discussions associated with civil contingencies and crisis management. As government and institutions confront threats like environmental hazards, technological accidents, climate change, and terrorist attacks, they recognize that r...
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Available science on climate change has increased significantly in recent years, yet its effective transfer to planning practice, particularly cities in the global South, is still limited. This paper explores the climate science-to-planning practice disconnect in the context of climate change adaptation in Southeast Asian cities generally, and Mani...
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In this article, we argue that evidence-based advocacy for climate change action should be a core competency of professional planners. However, data from our case study in Metro Vancouver, Canada, suggests that municipal-level climate change practitioners have conflicting views regarding their professional responsibility to advocate for action on c...
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In response to observed and projected climate change impacts, major donors are funding an abundance of climate change research in the global South. The product of these funding schemes is often an abundance of cases with little attention paid to capturing the broader trends and patterns across cases. Furthermore, calls are increasingly being made f...
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Better integration of resilience and climate change adaptation can help building climate-resilient development. Yet, resilience and adaptation to climate change have evolved largely along parallel paths with little cross-fertilization. Conceptual vagueness around resilience makes it challenging to ascertain what elements of resilience thinking have...
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City planners have an opportunity to act as agents of change to build resilience within their cities to respond to climate change. This article builds on urban climate governance research and organizational change theory to focus on how city planners’ partnerships with boundary organizations influence adaptation planning. At the root of effective u...
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Over the last decade a plethora of action-oriented research projects has been conducted in developing countries, exploring how to effectively adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change. Many intergovernmental agencies and development organizations have chosen to disseminate their research results via online databases. It is unclear, however...
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In this paper we detail the results of two carbon financing composting projects in Indonesia, which ran from 2007 to 2012. Findings from these projects suggest that the clean development mechanism (CDM) is not well suited for small scale, community based, composting due to a number of barriers, including: the large amount of up-front funding requir...
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In this paper I explore how one particular segment of the informal waste-recovery trade, waste intermediaries, is impacted by Hanoi’s rapid urban economic and spatial change. Using survey and interview data I demonstrate: (1) waste intermediaries simultaneously gain and lose as a result of Hanoi’s urban transition; and (2) the underlying forces of...
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A growing body of literature is concerned with urbanization processes in contemporary Vietnam and how the country’s globalizing cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are increasingly becoming spaces of consumption. However, much less is known about how these changing spaces accommodate labour, and in turn support livelihoods. Using published empiric...
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Despite the promotion of Cleaner Production (CP) by government, academia and research institutions in the past few years, only a small number of Vietnamese industries have adopted it. This paper explores why CP has not been widely adopted by industry through an examination of the root causes preventing effective CP implementation in Vietnam. The pa...

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Does planning for urban resilience promote transformative change, or reinforce the status quo? Can planning for urban resilience help to advance social justice goals? This research explores these questions in the context of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities program, drawing on both global plan evaluations and local (Canadian) qualitative case studies.