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The Elgar Companion to Urban Infrastructure Governance

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The Elgar Companion to Urban Infrastructure Governance

Innovation, Concepts and Cases

9781800375604 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Matthias Finger, Professor Emeritus, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, Switzerland and Professor, Istanbul Technical University (ITÜ), Turkey and Numan Yanar, Editor and Research Affiliate, Innovative Governance for Large Urban Systems (IGLUS), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Middle East Campus, Ras Al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Publication Date: April 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80037 560 4 Extent: c 416 pp
A comprehensive overview of the governance of urban infrastructures, this Companion combines illustrative cases with conceptual approaches to offer an innovative perspective on the governance of large urban infrastructure systems. Chapters examine the challenges facing urban infrastructure systems, including financial, economic, technological, social, ecological, jurisdictional and demand. 

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Providing a comprehensive overview of the governance of urban infrastructures, this Companion combines illustrative cases with conceptual approaches to offer an innovative perspective on the governance of large urban infrastructure systems. Contributions by leading scholars in the field present a transdisciplinary approach to the topic, with a global scope.

Chapters examine the challenges facing urban infrastructure systems, including financial, economic, technological, social, ecological, jurisdictional and demand. Using novel conceptualisations of urban infrastructure, and examining global cases of specific energy, mobility, water, housing, green and telecommunication systems, the Companion further illustrates how these challenges are interrelated with their governance. Finding efficiency, sustainability, and resilience to be key governance performance indicators, it concludes by highlighting the role that digitalisation plays in making cities smarter and argues for the potential of digitalisation for large urban infrastructure governance.

With global significance, this Companion will be an invaluable read for students and scholars of urban studies, governance and infrastructure. The informative case studies will be an excellent resource for city practitioners, officials and policymakers.

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‘The Elgar Companion to Urban Infrastructure Governance is an impressive collection of contributions on a variety of highly relevant topics. The editors have managed to produce a volume that covers timely issues in infrastructure governance and planning (such as digitalization, climate resilience, metropolitan governance and urban mobility). Remarkably, authors and cases are from all over the globe and the chapters are grounded in new scholarship. This is one of the most complete statements on urban infrastructure and enhances substantially our knowledge on urban governance and the provision of urban infrastructures.’
– Karsten Zimmermann, Dortmund University, Germany

‘Finger and Yanar have introduced today’s urban analyst to a treasure trove of case studies, data and “how-tos” from around the globe; rich country, poor country – all are faced with the mega challenge of the 21st Century: sustainability. Each case study is unique in presenting the impacts of local governance, addressing critical issues (from Detroit to Nairobi). 21st Century tools of analysis and modern technology –carefully presented throughout – make this a volume that is a must read for everyone in the urban infrastructure world, from practitioner to academic to citizen.’
– Robert E Paaswell, City College of New York, US

‘Defined broadly or narrowly, infrastructure is critical to economic productivity and people’s quality of life in all societies. Infrastructure discourse is multidisciplinary. These authors amplify the discourse on lessons that can be learned as the world strives to make all facets of infrastructure “smart,” equitable, resilient, affordable and sustainable.’
– Jerry Kolo, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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Contributors include: Abril Cid, Alejandra Trejo-Nieto, Andréa Finger-Stich, Armando Tetsuya, Hashimoto Hongo, Arnoldo Matus Kramer, Başak Demireş Özkul, Cherie Enns, Christian Opitz, Edgar O. Tungüí Rodríguez, Eric A. Scorsone, Ezatul Faizura Mustaffa, Kamal Effendee, Fatih Hoşoğlu, Francois Pieter Retief, Federico Camerin, Francesco Gastaldi, Ignazio Vinci, Imge Akcakaya Waite, İnan İzci, J. Ernst Drewes, James F. Burton, Janice A. Beecher, Mariske Van Aswegen, Matthias Finger, Nicolas Hatem, Numan Yanar, Rodríguez-Izquierdo Emilio, Umut Alkım Tuncer
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