This case study component focuses on the cultural, socio-political and legal implications of how world cities in Europe and East Asia take part in trans-urban sustainability networks and shape cosmopolitan communities of climate risks. Cities are increasingly seen as vital strategic spaces for our global environmental future (Sassen 2010). By ‘greening’ cosmopolitan urbanism, I refer to on-going processes whereby major cities around the world embrace transnational flows, long-distance trade, and dense webs of cultural exchange with the goal of developing low-carbon urban ways of life. This component asks: how do we conceptualize urban communities as important collective settings for organizing risk perceptions – and for mitigating and adapting to climate change, both locally and globally?

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Methodological Cosmopolitanism

In the Laboratory of Climate Change

Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München Institute für Soziologie European Research Council