Next Conference: Track 6a
We invite contributions from researchers and practitioners working on urban and regional transformations towards sustainability. We explore deep, path-deviant change in ecology, technology, institutions, cultures and practices linked to territories, scales, places and networks. We are particularly interested in new insights from the Global South.
Please check the detailed call information on track 6a for the 2021 Conference “Accelerating progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in times of crisis”.
Moving towards the next EU research framework program 2021-27, this novel science and practice platform gradually takes shape. Drawing on the JPI Urban Europe program, activities and calls for proposals focus on building transformative capacity to address key innovation missions of urban sustainability transformation.
Two calls for papers in special issues open
The journal Urban Transformations calls for contributions on two highly topical subjects: 1) Platform urbanism questioning the role of big data in future urban change, and 2) Transformative urban innovation systems striving to move beyond urban living labs.
- Nanjing, China 2019
Our session discussed inspiring contributions on diverse leverage points that can trigger wider systemic urban and regional change for sustainability, ranging from environmental conservation to artistic action, urban design and everyday practices. The cases all addressed critical and multi-scalar sustainability challenges that human settlements are confronted with today, identifying how human agency and new forms of collaboration can make a decisive difference. See our summary here.
- Messina , Italy, 2018
- We discussed the tension field between current mainstream planning on the one hand, and pressing requirements for achieving transformative change on the other: How does research address the relation between planning and transformation? How does planning practice affect sustainability transformations? How could future transformative planning research/practice look like? See our summary here.
State of the Art:
Current research on urban and regional transformations covers a wide range of subjects and approaches – keywords include e.g. Leverage points; Transformative agency; Transformative capacity; Experiments; Living Labs; Transition Management; Adaptive governance; Design thinking; Social innovation; Innovation ecosystems; Transition Towns; Grassroots innovation; Biophilic urbanism; Nature-based solutions; Urban tinkering; Tactical urbanism; DIY urbanism; Social-Ecological Systems (SES); Socio-Technical Systems (STS)
- A good overview of current research on urban system innovation is offered in this review paper
- Informed Cities is an initiative run by ICLEI Europe providing insights and network opportunities for transformative action
- The Transformative Cities platform gathers inspiring practice examples and other useful resources.
LinkedIn Discussions in our Topic group 6a
Recent discourses on the ISDRS LinkedIn discussion group: