Where the previous months were a drag in terms of book writing, the last two weeks have been pretty productive. I’ve managed to stick to the planned schedule of working on the book only in the mornings and work on other stuff in the afternoons (articles—at the end of the day I’m still writing non-stop, but... Continue Reading →
Over the last months I have struggled in getting the book (back) on track. With 60 examples of governance innovations of resource efficient and low-carbon buildings and cities from 6 different countries I haven’t given myself an easy task. The main problem is that the 60 examples have so much variety that it is complicated... Continue Reading →
Writing is hard work. It is. For a long time I thought it was not. But I was wrong. Very much so. I have only begun to realise how hard through the two books I’m writing now. At the outset it appeared all easy: I have a topic that is new enough to write something about,... Continue Reading →
See, the competition (academia is a cut-throat business) between a DECRA laureate and her not-DECRA awarded peers is like trying to outrace an F1-car in your family-planner. As an ECR you want to be in that F1-car. That must be the boldest blog-post title I’ve ever used! Let’s see if I can live up to it...... Continue Reading →
For some reason the end of the year gets people in reflective mode, so let me join the trend. This has been my fourth year in Australia and the switch of seasons still hasn’t fully settled in. Sun, 30+ degrees and long days does not feel like the end of the year to me. Sun,... Continue Reading →
Originally posted on: https://theconversation.com/making-cities-better-voluntary-programs-arent-enough-35535 Voluntary programs are all the rage. From ratcheting up cybersecurity to fighting obesity, firms in the United States and elsewhere voluntarily make pledges to do better than governmental regulation. Firms are rewarded for doing so. Governments may stall the introduction of mandatory regulation, clients may be more inclined to buy their goods, and investors... Continue Reading →
Originally posted on: https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/australian-cities-please-keep-leading-the-world-in-governance-for-urban-sustainability-and-resilience,7199 Cities hold a significant potential to make a rapid change toward reduced resource consumption and waste production, greenhouse gasses included. Yet, an ongoing reliance on traditional building codes will however not result in the change needed. Innovative governance tools hold more potential. My new book highlights that Australian cities may lead the... Continue Reading →
Originally posted on: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/spinifex/cities-need-innovative-governance-tools-and-brave-politicians-to-combat-climate-change/70354 In our highly urbanised world, cities create problems as well as provide solutions. Many of humanity’s challenges exist at city level. Cities are an unsustainable source of resource depletion and pollution, and account for 40 per cent of global energy consumption and over 30 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, there... Continue Reading →
Originally posted on: http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/nov/28/open-mumbai-how-pk-das-set-out-to-map-the-citys-slums The 2014-34 Mumbai Development Plan shows, for the first time, a recognition of the needs of slum dwellers in the city’s planning processes. This shift was inspired by the groundbreaking work of Mumbai-based architect PK Das. For a long time, it was unknown how many urban poor were living in Mumbai,... Continue Reading →
In this blog post on the Edward Elgar blog I discuss my latest book Governance for Urban Sustainability and Resilience.
Cities and other urban environments play a key role in a global response to climate change. Unfortunately, it appears extremely complicated to govern the transition towards urban sustainability and resilience. Dr Jeroen van der Heijden discusses both governance barriers and their solutions, arguing that while there are sufficient traditional and innovative governance tools available to guide a transformation towards urban sustainability and resilience, policy-makers have to be brave and start mandating these.
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