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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Planning Ecologically Just Cities: A Framework to Assess Ecological Injustice Hotspots for Targeted Urban Design and Planning of Nature-Based Solutions

Pineda-Pinto, Melissa; Frantzeskaki, Niki; Chandrabose, Manoj; Herreros-Cantis, Pablo; McPhearson, Timon; Nygaard, Christian A.; Raymond, Christopher


This paper presents a typology of ecological injustice hotspots for targeted design of nature-based solutions to guide planning and designing of just cities. The typology demonstrates how the needs and capabilities of nonhuman nature can be embedded within transitions to multi- and interspecies relational futures that regenerate and protect urban social-ecological systems. We synthesise the findings of previous quantitative and qualitative analyses to develop the Ecologically Just Cities Framework that (1) works as a diagnostic tool to characterise four types of urban ecological injustices and (2) identifies nature-based planning actions that can best respond to different types of place-based ecological injustices.


Nature-based solutions; ecological justice; social-ecological-technological systems; cities; urban; conceptual framework; science

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Urban Policy and Research
2022, Volume: 40, number: 3, pages: 206-222

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    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities

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    Landscape Architecture

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