Critical Urban Ecology: Links to Social Vulnerability and Environmental Justice in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Holloman, Diamond
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Curriculum in Environment and Ecology
  • Parallel to the world's rising urbanization trend, shifting patterns of large wet weather disturbances - more specifically, hurricanes - are raising concerns in coastal areas where many cities are located. A shift in studying these occurrences is paramount. This thesis addresses the following question: in what ways can the inclusion of social vulnerability studies and environmental justice, often developed outside of the field of urban ecology, contribute to a critical understanding of urban socioecological uncertainties following hurricanes? To answer this question, this thesis reviews the literature on urban ecology and examines how scholarship that emphasizes justice, vulnerabilities, and spatialities can expand the field's applicability to the study of natural disasters. In this thesis, I make claims for a critical urban ecology, which includes an integrated, holistic, and critical understanding of the social, economic, biogeophysical, and built parts of urban systems.
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  • Valdivia, Gabriela
  • White, Peter
  • Cable, Jaye
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018

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