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Institutional and Social Innovation for Sustainable Urban Development

1st Edition

Edited by Harald A. Mieg, Klaus Töpfer


424 pages | 80 B/W Illus.

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Which new institutions do we need in order to trigger local- and global sustainable urban development? Are cities the right starting points for implementing sustainability policies? If so, what are the implications for city management? This book reflects the situation of cities in the context of global change and increasing demands for sustainable development.

The book introduces core findings, new methods, and international experience related to sustainability innovations and the social transformation of cities, synthesizing insights from megacity research, sustainability science, and urban planning. Written by a team of more than fifty leading researchers and practitioners from all five continents, it traces general urban transformations and introduces new approaches such as: smart growth strategies; cross-sectoral, transdisciplinary urban transition management; rubanisation; and city syntegration. The book reveals the potential of new, networked agencies of sustainability transformation, and discusses the role of science institutions in the diffusion and implementation of institutional and social innovations.

This comprehensive book is of immense value to students, researchers, and professionals working on issues of sustainable development, in environmental programs in human geography, planning and the built environment, sociology and policy studies, institutional economics, and environmental politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Social Innovations for Sustainability 1. HES-based Transdisciplinary Case Studies: The Example of Sustainable Transformation of Leisure Traffic in the City of Basel2. Smart Growth – Sustainability Innovations 3. Participatory Budgeting and Urban Sustainability: Reviewing Lessons from Latin America4. Urban Governance and Climate Change Experiments5. Rubanisation6. Resource-Oriented Monitoring of Sustainable Urban DevelopmentPart 2: Urban Transformations 7. The Social Dimensions of Urban Transformation: Contemporary Diversity in Global North Cities and the Challenges for Urban Cohesion8. Privatization, Urban Fragmentation, and Sustainable Development 9. New Urban Players in Africa and Asia: The Role of Grassroots Organizations10. Does Size Matter? A Critical Assessment of the Mega-city Discourse11. Urban Development, Climate Change and Associated Risks in Ho Chi Minh City: Vulnerabilities and Adaptation Challenges for a Rapidly Growing Megacity 12. Mumbai, the Megacity and the Global City: A View of the Spatial Dimension of Urban ResiliencePart 3: Urban Transition Management - from an Institutionalized Perspective 13. Managing Metropolises by Negotiating Urban Growth14. Cross-national Urban Sustainability Learning: A Case Study on "Continuous Interaction" in Green Infrastructure Policies15. Difu: Case Study: The Idea of Sustainable City Budgets in Germany16. Syntegrating City Management17. Sustainability is Self-evident in High Quality Planning: The Role of the International Urban Planner18. The City as a Customer: Siemens and Sustainable Urban InfrastructurePart 4: The (New) Role of Science 19. Transdisciplinarity20. Towards a Socio-metabolic History of Cities21. Urban Transdisciplinarity in a National Program for Applied Megacity Research22. The Institutionalization of Interfaces as a Prerequisite in Transformations towards Sustainability23. The Changing Role of the Science and Technology Policy Advisor in a New Global Context24. The Role of Universities in Fostering Urban and Regional Sustainability

About the Editors

Professor Dr. Harald A. Mieg is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), advising on urban research.

Professor Dr. Klaus Töpfer is Executive Director of the IASS and former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

This book results from research and discussions conducted at the IASS. The IASS is a German government-funded research institute and international hub for sustainability experts from natural and social sciences, politics, technology, and civil society.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development

This series uniquely brings together original and cutting-edge research on Sustainable Development. The books in this series tackle difficult and important issues in Sustainable Development including values and ethics; sustainability in higher education; climate compatible development; resilience; capitalism and de-growth; sustainable urban development; gender and participation; and well-being.

Drawing on a wide range of disciplines, the series promotes interdisciplinary research for an international readership. The series was recommended in the Guardian’s suggested reads for Development and Environment.

The series welcomes submissions from established authors in the field as well as from young authors. To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy