Cities need innovative governance tools and brave politicians to combat climate change

Originally posted on: 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 →

Open Mumbai: how PK Das set out to map the city’s slums

Originally posted on: 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 →

Politicians, be Brave! How to Transition Towards Urban Resilience

In this blog post on the Edward Elgar blog I discuss my latest book Governance for Urban Sustainability and Resilience.

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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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Why I have been so quiet lately…

I have been awfully quiet over the last two months on this blog. That’s not because nothing has happened, but more because almost too much has happened. On 31 August I started a big trip to and through Europe to give a number of lectures and attend a number of workshops, and spend some time... 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 →

Regulatory intermediaries in the construction sector

Recently I presented a new paper at the annual Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics conference in Chicago (US). The paper seeks to better understand the widespread involvement of non-governmental organisation in the regulation and governance of the built environment. This paper sits in a larger research project organised by Professor David Levi-Faur on regulatory... 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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