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Publication: "Maintaining a city against nature: climate adaptation in Beira"


In this article, Jon Schubert analyzes the case of Beira, a port city on Mozambique’s Indian Ocean coast, which was devastated by Tropical Cyclone Idai in March 2019. Ever since, a host of unequal international and national actors have been wrangling about the best forms to ‘build back better’, with uneven and socially and spatially unequally distributed results. The very real constraints of transitioning to climate-resilient cities are demonstrated, along with how most of what turns a climate event into a human disaster sits within highly unequal social, political and economic systems.

Schubert, J. (2024). Maintaining a city against nature: climate adaptation in Beira. Buildings and Cities, 5(1), 35–49.