The Urban Heat report highlights the distinctive and largely untapped potential of the local voluntary and community group sector (VCS) in the development of local climate resilience and emergency response. On the basis of three local participatory action research case studies, the report also provides a range of ideas – at local and national levels – for how the role of VCS groups in local climate resilience and emergency planning can be enhanced. The Urban Heat report and other project materials are available on the Urban Heat. Focusing on urban heatwaves, and funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Urban Heat project was implemented by a team led by researchers in Policy Studies Institute (University of Westminster), and supported by community- and participatory-action experts in Age UK (East London), South West London Environment Network and Transition Town Tooting, and evaluation experts in Resources for Change.
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