Special Issue "Sustainable Urban Open Space Governance and Management"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Märit Jansson
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Guest Editor
Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE-234 22 Lomma, Sweden
Interests: urban open space management; user groups; landscape architecture; user participation
Prof. Dr. Thomas B. Randrup
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Guest Editor
Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE-234 22 Lomma, Sweden
Interests: strategic management; nature-based solutions; governance structures
Dr. Geovana Mercado
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Guest Editor
Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE-234 22 Lomma, Sweden
Interests: organizational structures; policy analysis; governance; nature-based solutions

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The importance of sustainable urban open space governance and management has become more apparent with the increasing pressure on urban open spaces to provide high-quality ecosystem services and multiple functions from both social and ecological perspectives. Urban open space management concerns how these spaces are developed and maintained over time, where participatory approaches are of major importance. More explicitly, various governance approaches (involving several user groups, actors, and relations in the steering or through participation) have been introduced in order to rethink traditional management approaches. While user participation has become mainstream in many countries, governance approaches in urban open space management are often challenged by ,e.g., lack of political prioritization, funding, trust, or documentation. The institutional and organizational perspectives often need development, due to a lack of cooperation across administrative borders (silo effects).

This Special Issue addresses the need for governance approaches that include both a wide spectrum of users/citizens and internal cross- and transdisciplinary arrangements across organizational silos. Governance and management approaches can be a way to include sustainable, long-term, inclusive and collaborative thinking. Such approaches look beyond silos of professions like city planning, design, landscape architecture, gardening, management, maintenance or (urban) forestry, with sustainable development for urban open spaces through, e.g., strategic management, nature-based solutions/thinking, and new governance approaches.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to gather contemporary examples and cases providing insights into how governance and management approaches in various types of urban open spaces are contributing to aspects of sustainable urban development. We particularly encourage submissions with the focus on new governance structures or approaches, as well as those combining empirical studies with the theoretical development of urban open space governance and management.

Dr. Märit Jansson
Prof. Dr. Thomas Randrup
Dr. Geovana Mercado
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • strategic management
  • governance structures
  • user groups
  • urban open spaces

Published Papers

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