A Research Agenda for Sustainable Cities and Communities

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A Research Agenda for Sustainable Cities and Communities

9781035347353 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Kes McCormick, Professor, Department of People and Society, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE),Lund University, Sweden, James Evans, Professor, Manchester Urban Institute and Department of Geography, The University of Manchester, UK, Yuliya Voytenko Palgan, Associate Professor, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE),Lund University, Sweden and Niki Frantzeskaki, Professor, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Publication Date: August 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03534 735 3 Extent: 266 pp
Global in its outlook, this Research Agenda systematically reviews and critiques existing research on sustainable cities, calling for greater engagement with a diversity of perspectives. It interrogates foundational assumptions in the field and offers reframed perspectives on sustainability. Chapters also explore diverse approaches, actors and domains, locating emerging dynamics and new directions for practitioners.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

This timely Research Agenda explores how to accelerate the creation of sustainable, resilient, safe and prosperous cities. Looking towards the 2030 deadline for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, it presents an ambitious way forward for researchers, identifying opportunities for transformative change in cities and societies.

Global in its outlook, this Research Agenda systematically reviews and critiques existing research on sustainable cities, calling for greater engagement with a diversity of perspectives. It interrogates foundational assumptions in the field and offers reframed perspectives on sustainability. Chapters also explore diverse approaches, actors and domains, locating emerging dynamics and new directions for practitioners. Community empowerment is a key theme, with contributions focusing on how to create socially just urban governance procedures. Examining key case studies from across the world, the book presents innovative suggestions for accelerators of urban transitions, including sharing cities, nature-based solutions, mission-oriented innovation and urban living labs.

Combining vital scientific insights with cutting-edge policy and practice recommendations, this Research Agenda will be an essential resource for doctoral students, researchers and scholars seeking to be at the forefront of sustainable cities and communities.
Contributors
Contributors: Stefan Anderberg, Jonas Bylund, Tathagata Chatterji, Katie Elder, James Evans, Katherine Foo, Niki Frantzeskaki, Badrul Hyder, Andrew Karvonen, Robert Krueger, Ignacio Loor, Kes McCormick, Oksana Mont, Selma Mujkic, Christian (Andi) Nygaard, Jenny Palm, Angelika Papadopoulos, Stephanie Pincetl, Melissa Pineda-Pinto, Katherine Shabb, Fatemeh Shahani, Farahnaz Sharifi, Olamide Shittu, Wendy Steele, Yuliya Voytenko Palgan












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Contents:

1 Introduction to A Research Agenda for Sustainable
Cities and Communities 1
Kes McCormick, James Evans, Yuliya Voytenko
Palgan and Niki Frantzeskaki

PART I TAKING STOCK
2 Assessing the research on sustainable cities and
communities: how to meet the ambitions of the
Sustainable Development Goals? 17
James Evans and Katie Elder
3 Sustainable urbanism is a failed project and what
we can do about it 31
Robert Krueger
4 Researching the urban sustainability agenda in
India: where to start? 45
Tathagata Chatterji

PART II NAVIGATING DYNAMICS
5 Energy communities as accelerators of energy
transition in cities 67
Jenny Palm
6 Share and repair in cities: agenda for research
and practice on circular urban resilience 79
Yuliya Voytenko Palgan and Oksana Mont
7 The need for a systemic approach to informal
settlements upgrading 101
Ignacio Loor

PART III SHAPING GOVERNANCE
8 Grassroots strategies for environmental
governance and circular transitions in cities:
lessons from Lagos and Melbourne 113
Olamide Shittu
9 Blessed mess: new modes of thinking, acting, and
learning for sustainable urban transformations 129
Andrew Karvonen and Jonas Bylund
10 Climate city contracts? Governing towards climate
neutral cities 139
Katherine Shabb, Kes McCormick, Selma Mujkic
and Stefan Anderberg

PART IV EMBRACING JUSTICE
11 Urban transitions and green space provision: just
and green, or just green? 153
Farahnaz Sharifi and Christian (Andi) Nygaard
12 Representing cultural diversity in urban spaces
and planning regulations for sustainable cities 169
Fatemeh Shahani
13 Sustainability and the governance of urban green space 181
Md. Badrul Hyder, Angelika Papadopoulos and Wendy Steele

PART V REFRAMING PERSPECTIVES
14 The hidden perversity of demand response: one
of the building blocks of smart cities 201
Stephanie Pincetl
15 Nature-based urbanism: designing for and with
nature for sustainable cities and communities 209
Melissa Pineda-Pinto and Niki Frantzeskaki
16 Regenerative cultures for sustainable cities and
communities 229
Katherine Foo

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