Towards just Circular Transitions in the Slums of Global South Cities

Matthew Abunyewah, Seth Asare Okyere, Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie, Festival Godwin Boateng

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This concluding chapter weaves together the individual contributions in this book to develop a slum-circular economicEconomic model that aligns slum livelihoods, slum spatial appropriations, and slum housing with the core principlesPrinciples of the circular economyCircular economy. The chapter makes the case for a just circular transition. It argues that policies that instill distributive, procedural, and recognitional justice in the slum-circular economyCircular economy nexus are essential to reduce the harms and maximise the benefits of slum dwellers’ everyday interactions with waste and other related materials. It teases out strategies such as social protections, participatory decision-making through coproduction, occupational health, skills training, and innovation in the policy and development planning for circular and sustainable citiesCities. It concludes with three theoretical propositions and future research directions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Slums and Circular Economy Synergies in the Global South
Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical and Policy Imperatives for Sustainable Communities
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Publication series

NameAdvances in 21st Century Human Settlements
VolumePart F2557
ISSN (Print)2198-2546
ISSN (Electronic)2198-2554


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