Vanesa Castán Broto's research while affiliated with The University of Sheffield and other places

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On the anniversary of the publication of Splintering Urbanism, climate breakdown heralds a new era in public investment in infrastructure. However, current proposals for infrastructure overlook two decades of work in infrastructure studies. For example, both the Green New Deal advanced by activists in the United States and the European Green Deal,...
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All over the world, people suffer violence and discrimination because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Queer theory has linked the politics of identity and sexuality with radical democracy experiments to decolonize development. Queering participatory planning can improve the wellbeing of vulnerable sectors of the population, while a...
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In this commentary I reflect upon the possibilities for action to deliver sustainable and just urban environments. I depart from the questions that inspire this special issue: what is it about cities that enables them to make a substantial contribution to environmental dilemmas? And how did cities become the darling trope of the international envir...
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Experimentation has emerged as an important strategy of climate governance, and China, with a distinctive experiment-based policy process, is a leading example of a state-led and coordinated approach to low-carbon experimentation. Through a case study of the photovoltaics poverty alleviation (PVPA) initiative—an ambitious and experimental programme...
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Cities offer enormous opportunities for climate action that would limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C by 2100 above pre-industrial levels. For example, cities can act through planning and service delivery, bringing together residential, work and leisure in single spaces, and creating better connectivity between areas within and between cities....
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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development—including 17 interconnected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets—is a global plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. SDG7 calls for action to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Here we characterize synergies and trade-offs between effort...
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Urban China provides a unique setting to examine the urban energy transitions. Rizhao, the Chinese 'solar city' is known for the rapid spread and popularization of solar hot water systems since the 1990s. In this paper we seek to understand how the specific urban conditions in Rizhao have favored the adoption of solar hot water systems to the exten...
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Energy access is typically viewed as a problem for rural areas, but people living in urban settings also face energy challenges that have not received sufficient attention. A revised agenda in research and practice that puts the user and local planning complexities centre stage is needed to change the way we look at energy access in urban areas, to...
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Energy sovereignty refers to people's capacity to take decisions about energy planning. It emphasises the role of energy services in everyday life. This refers both to the quality of energy services and the inequalities in service provision. Energy sovereignty supports policy agendas to deliver energy access in local settings. It is an alternative...
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Cities and urban areas are increasingly recognized as strategic arenas for climate change action. Processes of urban governance addressing climate change reconfigure the politics of climate change. Practitioners and scholars may be interested in the transformation of urban governance that follows global advances in climate change and urban policy....
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Should energy projects to extend the use of natural gas be considered for funding under public climate finance commitments? This article provides an overview of evidence for and against climate finance for natural gas projects. The argument focuses on a case study, the UK’s International Climate Fund (ICF). This synthesis concludes that gas-related...
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This study examines ten programmes to advance energy efficiency and retrofitting of existing, private sector buildings in C40 cities in Asia-Pacific and USA. We set out to identify differing policy approaches, together with potential impacts and implementation challenges for each. Findings unearthed six policy models—both mandatory and voluntary—wi...

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... The results of this study exemplify an altering of existing structures, cultures, and practices, recurringly stressed in urban transformation literature (Wolfram 2016;Frantzeskaki et al. 2017). Urban living lab processes are by no means neutral (Bulkeley et al. (2017), but perhaps they have been treated as such? ...
... This observation suggests that these actors belong to 'neighbouring regimes' (i.e. the building and urban planning regime) 1 that offered 'a way to mobilise counter-veiling power against locked-in incumbents' in the 'focal' wastewater regime Geels, 2019, p. 1425). Moreover, such physical, institutional and social proximity has been observed before in cities (Grin et al., 2017), indicating a connection between multiple innovations, regimes and systems in urban transition processes (Hodson et al., 2017). Such observations help in understanding the radical reorientations in the roles of the real estate companies and the municipality to enable niche projects. ...
... The interpretation and response of a pandemic have always been a political act as the decision to impose border control, quarantine the population, public information management, and take an attitude towards others is never freed from such things. Political and medical leaders of governments, national agencies, and international organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) manage data and figures to control the pandemic [8]. ...
... A side observation is a dependence on state finance, implying a project would eventually collapse once the government stops the finance support (e.g., subsidies and bank loans). A recent study on solar energy in China sheds light on those contradictions emerging from the central-local interaction in China (Lo and Castán Broto, 2019). ...
... Maintain and repair material initiatives (Castán Broto and Bulkeley, 2013b). Build community through practical activities (Aiken, 2017;Seyfang, 2010). ...
... Second, mainstreaming climate action into development paths at every level is discussed as essential (Burch et al., 2014;Dovie et al., 2020;Mulugetta and Castán Broto, 2018;Ferreira Costa, 2020;Tanner et al., 2019). To what extent this occurs depends on appropriate governance, regulations, knowledge and education, and resourcing (Schipper et al., 2020;Stringer et al., 2020). ...
... In recent years, new research avenues surface in transition studies. Scholars call for a "spatial turn" that pays more attention on the role of space in energy transitions (Raven, et al., 2012;Rutherford and Coutard, 2014;Huang and Castán Broto, 2017). As argued by Bridge et al. (2013): "energy transition is fundamentally a geographical process that involves reconfiguring current spatial patterns of economic and social activity" (p. ...
... An energy-poor and lowly-mechanized agricultural sector is a major barrier to rural developmentclean energy access and mechanized agriculture would positively contribute to a number of sustainable development objectives, such as reduced poverty (SDG1), improved nutrition and food security (SDG2) and health outcomes (SDG3), equitable and inclusive education (SDG4), improved livelihoods and local economies (SDG8), as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation capacity (SDG13) [34][35][36]. Altogether, these transformations would also contribute to the reduction of rural-urban and gender inequalities (SDG 10) [35,37] and mitigation of potential conflict driven by food and water security concerns (SDG16) [38]. Gender-related issues are of particular importance, given the stark inequalities in employment and wage, activities, education, and asset ownership between men and women in rural SSA [39,40] as well as a lack of access to clean cooking. ...
... The Author(s). Published by CBIORE A significant body of research focuses on the technoeconomic and life-cycle analysis of SWH technologies (Li, Tzameret, & Onyina, 2012;Chang K. , Lin, Lee, & Chung, 2008;Chang K. , Lin, Lee, & Chung, 2009;Huang, Castán Broto, & Liu, 2018;Baccouche, 2014;Handayani & Ariyanti, 2012;Kulkarni, 2016;UNEP, 2015). However, there are fewer research papers related to measuring the effectiveness of public policies that are aimed at increasing the deployment of renewable energy, much less that of SWH (Puig & Morgan, 2013;Chang, Ho, & Hsu, 2013;Held, Ragwitz, & Haas, 2006). ...
... As a large fraction of energy demand comes from cities [5], bringing energy production closer to consumers reduces transmission and distribution losses [6,7] and may make the electrical grid more efficient and adaptable. There has been notable research interest in urban solar harvesting, including solar accessibility in developing cities [4,8], energy implications of shadow distribution on roofs [9], solar potential maps [10] toward more sustainable urban planning [11], energy-efficient architecture [12], solar-powered aerial vehicles [13], fixed building-integrated PV [14][15][16], and dynamic building envelopes [17]. Other complex environments include heliostats [18], step-like fields [19], and windsolar dual land use [20]. ...