Innovative urban governance for mitigation and adaptation: Mapping, exploring and interrogating
22-23 September 2016, Amsterdam
DEADLINE FOR PAPERS CLOSED
Innovative urban governance for mitigation and adaptation
The built environment is a major source of resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. It is an absolutely key aspect of climate change adaptation and mitigation, and holds a large cost-effective potential for improvement. But traditional governance approaches such as planning legislation and building regulation have not been able to unlock its full potential. In response governments, firms and citizens around the globe have begun to develop and implement governance innovations for improved urban sustainability and resilience. This fully funded workshop will bring together 15-20 scholars under the flag of theCOST Action INOGOV (Innovations in Climate Governance) to map, explore and interrogate this global trend of urban governance innovations.
Examples of the urban governance innovations this workshop is interested in are city networks such as ICLEI and the C40 Cities Group, government-to-business and government-to-citizens collaborations such as revolving loan funds that seek to make available funds for building or infrastructure retrofits, or voluntary programs led by businesses and citizens such as (international) building certification tools. But also more radical examples are welcomed, such as the sustainability initiatives of squatter movements in Berlin and Barcelona.
This workshop will bring together social scientists from all disciplines to debate how and to what extent innovations in urban governance can help accelerating the transition to more sustainable and resilient cities around the globe. We welcome theoretical papers, methodological papers, and empirical studies or combinations thereof; and invite abstracts that discuss and examine urban governance innovations for climate mitigation and/or adaptation. The aim is to publish the draft papers, subject to normal review process, as a special volume in a high ranked scientific journal/or edited book.
The following leading experts will give keynote lectures during the workshop:
- Professor Kristine Kern, University of Potsdam
- Professor Rob Imrie, Goldsmiths, University of London
- Professor Jonathan Davies, De Montfoort University
The workshop is open to a broad variety of interpretations of innovative urban governance for climate change mitigation/adaptation, but we strongly encourage submissions on the following themes:
- What governance innovations have been developed, where, and what actors are involved; and, whether and how do these innovations act as compliments to or substitutes for traditional governance?
- How well have innovations been taken up to date, what outcomes have they achieved, and may they be expected to activate a rapid transformation towards high levels of urban sustainability and resilience?
- Whether and how can insights from novel governance tools/processes/systems be scaled up? How transposable are they from one context to the next?
Activities that established INOGOV have already led to the publication of three special issues, in Environmental Politics (2014, Vol. 23 (5)), Global Environmental Change (2014, vol. 29), and Policy and Society (2016, Vol 35 (1)).
Practicalities and submission deadlines: DEADLINE NOW CLOSED
Authors with specific questions are encouraged to contact workshop organizer, Jeroen van der Heijden,email@example.com
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