Exploring appropriate socio-technical arrangements for the co-production of landslide risk management strategies in informal neighbourhoods in Colombia and Brazil

Harry Smith, Soledad Garcia Ferrari, Gabriela M. Medero, Helena Rivera, Françoise Coupé, Mónica Elizabeth Mejía Escalante, Wilmar Castro Mera, Carlos Alberto Montoya Correa, Alex Abiko, Fernando A. M. Marinho

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Abstract

This paper explores the scope for upscaling and transnational transfer of participatory landslide risk management strategies for informal settlements in Latin America. Drawing on lessons from transdisciplinary action-research in three neighbourhoods in Medellín, Colombia, and one in São Paulo, Brazil, the paper discusses how bottom-up approaches were developed to co-produce landslide risk management in both Global South cities, in a way that optimises the collaboration between communities and relevant governmental bodies. The analysis focuses on mitigation and ‘agreement-seeking’, from the perspectives of scale, power and knowledge, which help understand the parallels between co-production of landslide risk management and co-production of urban services. Two key conclusions are that landslide risk management should be built into neighbourhood upgrading and management, and that both community and the state have stronger roles to play in landslide risk management from their respective capacities. The paper also reflects on the role of academia in enabling co-production of landslide risk management through engaging with local communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Urban Sustainable Development
Early online date28 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Latin America
  • cities
  • co-production
  • disaster risk management
  • low income communities
  • migration
  • negotiation
  • resilience
  • shelter
  • urbanisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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