1st Edition

Sustainability Citizenship in Cities Theory and practice

Edited By Ralph Horne, John Fien, Beau Beza, Anitra Nelson Copyright 2016
    242 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    242 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Urban sustainability citizenship situates citizens as social change agents with an ethical and self-interested stake in living sustainably with the rest of Earth. Such citizens not only engage in sustainable household practices but respect the importance of awareness raising, discussion and debates on sustainability policies for the common good and maintenance of Earth’s ecosystems.

    Sustainability Citizenship in Cities seeks to explain how sustainability citizenship can manifest in urban built environments as both responsibilities and rights. Contributors elaborate on the concept of urban sustainability citizenship as a participatory work-in-progress with the aim of setting its practice firmly on the agenda. This collection will prompt practitioners and researchers to rethink contemporary mobilisations of urban citizens challenged by various environmental crises, such as climate change, in various socio-economic settings.

    This book is a valuable resource for students, academics and professionals working in various disciplines and across a range of interdisciplinary fields, such as: urban environment and planning, citizenship as practice, environmental sociology, contemporary politics and governance, environmental philosophy, media and communications, and human geography.

    1. Sustainability citizenship in cities

    Ralph Horne, John Fien, Beau B. Beza, Anitra Nelson

    Part I. Framing sustainability citizenship John Fein

    2. The praxis of sustainability citizenship

    Anitra Nelson

    3. Urban resilience for sustainability

    Alexei Trundle, Ralph Horne, John Fien and Ellis Judson

    4. Urban food security and alternative economic practices

    Ferne Edwards

    5. Sustainability citizens: Collaborative and disruptive social learning

    Arjen E. J. Wals and Frans Lenglet

    Part II. Housing and social innovation Ralph Horne

    6. Green housing developments: Sustainability pathway or cul-de-sac?

    Ralph Horne

    7. Structuring housing provision for urban sustainability

    Trivess Moore and Tony Dalton

    8. Co-working communities: Sustainability citizenship at work

    Tim Butcher

    9. Urban social innovation: Mobilising sustainability citizenship

    Ian McShane

    Part III. Place, access and equity Beau B. Beza

    10. The gendered city

    Annette Gough

    11. Informal settlements: Sustainability citizenship in action

    Jaime Hernández-García

    12. Places for sustainability citizenship

    Beau B. Beza

    13. An Indigenous perspective on sustainability citizenship

    David Jones and Beau B. Beza

    Part IV. Citizen participation Anitra Nelson

    14. Communicating sustainability in the city

    Cathy Greenfield

    15. The learning city for sustainability

    Bruce Wilson

    16. Curating the city: Encouraging sustainability

    Tammy Wong Hulbert

    17. Ethical consumers and sustainability citizenship

    Tania Lewis

    18. Futures for sustainability citizenship

    Anitra Nelson, Ralph Horne, Beau B. Beza and John Fien


    Ralph Horne is Professor of Geography, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, and Director of the Cities Programme (United Nations Global Compact).

    John Fien, formerly Professor of Sustainability in RMIT University’s Innovation Leadership Program (2005–2013), was appointed Executive Director of the Swinburne University Leadership Institute, Hawthorn, Australia in late 2013.

    Beau B. Beza is Senior Lecturer in the Planning and Landscape Architecture Program, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia.

    Anitra Nelson is Associate Professor in the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

    "This edited collection is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the relation between citizenship and environmental sustainability. The authors approach sustainability citizenship as a work-in-progress, but the focus on its practical articulations — emphasising collective responsibilities, participatory democracy and ‘being’ rather than ‘having’ — provides conceptual coherence to the volume." – Benito Cao, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Adelaide, Australia and author of Environment and Citizenship (2015)

    "Finally, a bid for the future that is different, imaginative and realistic: a vision which every reader can (perhaps should) help bring to life; a work that is not only against neo-liberalism, but is for an achievable humane alternative that is good for the world – its biodiversity, its sustainability and the wellbeing of its stewards. A must-read within and beyond urban studies." – Susan J Smith, Honorary Professor of Social and Economic Geography and The Mistress of Girton College, University of Cambridge, UK

    "Achieving voluntary behaviour change to sustainable forms of living and consumption practices represents one of the grand challenges of the 21st century. The model of sustainability citizenship advanced in this book represents a critical and under-researched pathway to this transformation — beyond that more commonly focused on individual attitudes and behaviours." – Peter W. Newton, Research Professor in Sustainable Urbanism, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

    "Sustainability citizenship is a concept which can constructively move discussion of social change for sustainability well beyond the limited framings of neoliberal discourse. This unique collection takes a major step in advancing understandings of sustainability citizenship by making clear that it is not only an abstracted idealist concept but something happening, and shaping the future, now." Matt Watson, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Sheffield, UK

    "This timely, comprehensive volume firmly ties the epic statement ‘global environmental crisis’ to human experience in the urban age. In stories charged as much with hope as danger, its contributors make clear that the serious species threat posed by the ecological crisis is just as much an opportunity for myriad forms of sustainability citizenship to evolve and flourish." – Brendan Gleeson, Director at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, The University of Melbourne, Australia