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10/03/2017

Funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), the Urban Heat project examined the potential role of the local voluntary and community sector in the development of local climate resilience. The project focused specifically on urban heatwaves as a key risk that is likely to increase under climate change. This was a novel move in the context of the dominance of research and policy action on flooding, as a climate change issue, and on ‘excess winter or cold weather deaths’, as a public health issue. The project was based around participatory action research with groups and local policy stakeholders in three London boroughs, complemented by ongoing policy engagement and independent evaluation. The work sought to build capacity and links between VCS groups and local institutions (particularly local authorities) who have a role in addressing heat, and to identify lessons which could be applied more generally. More