Urban resilience conceptualisations and policies: A review of the literature

Not long ago, we published an extensive review of the academic literature on urban resilience conceptualisations and policies in Nature's open-access journal Palgrave Communications: Adriana Sanchez, Jeroen van der Heijden, and Paul Osmond (2018) “The City Politics of the Urban Age: A Literature Review of Urban Resilience Conceptualisations and Policies”, Palgrave Communications, 4(The Politics of an Urban Age collection),... Continue Reading →

C40 Membership in Amsterdam: Who benefits?

  City-networks such as ICLEI, the Covenant of Mayors, and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group have rapidly gained traction in the international climate governance regime. Scholars, practitioners and policymakers often discuss these networks in highly positive terms. To somewhat exaggerate two decades of city-network research: City-networks are said to hold the potential to accelerate... Continue Reading →

Lost and found in translation

One of the most valuable things of research trips is that it makes me reflect on my earlier work. And it makes that have I to sharpen and polish the narrative about the key findings of that work.   In my previous blog post I have shared the presentation that I gave at the International... Continue Reading →

Governments are too conservative in using innovative governance tools

In comparing how governments exactly participate in innovative governance tools for urban sustainability and resilience I realised that their involvement is very conservative. This, I argue, leaves opportunities of such innovative governance tools unexplored. I discuss this insight in a recent paper (currently under review). The paper seeks to better understand why and how governments... Continue Reading →

New insights on voluntary environmental programmes

  I’m getting more and more excited about the possibilities of fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA). Last week I have analysed a set of 35 cases that I have studied in Australia, the Netherlands, and the United States. All these are examples of voluntary environmental programmes that seek to improve the environmental and resource... Continue Reading →

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