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Special Issue "Governing the Transformation of Urban Infrastructures"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2017).
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Interests: urban low-carbon transitions; governing socio-technical change; smart and sustainable cities; the role of users in innovation processes; infrastructure management in cities and regions
Interests: energy transitions; technology assessment; energy-efficient buildings; smart city demo projects; smart grids; monitoring of urban innovation; user innovation and user participation
Interests: urban environmental governance; urban planning; smart city governance; sustainable urban development; transformation in urban mobility; urban food systems; energy transitions
The challenge of making our cities more sustainable is, to a large extent, a challenge of transforming urban infrastructures. Tackling problems such as climate change, resource depletion, or energy security require fundamental transformations of the ways we produce, distribute, and use goods and energy, organize our systems of transport, or food production and consumption. While we see the emergence of a growing variety of new technologies around renewable energy generation, electricity distribution through smart grids, ultra-energy efficient buildings, or new vehicle propulsion technologies, this alone will not solve the problems we are facing. Systemic change needs to deal with the interdependencies of technologies with the social, cultural, and economic dimensions they are embedded in—social practices of use, business models, visions and expectations, regulations and other institutional structures, or the interests and strategies of different groups of actors.
Cities have turned out to be key players in such transformation processes. Despite their lack of legislative power and control over large-scale infrastructures, they command a range of “soft” governance capacities to facilitate sustainable socio-technical change processes—the implementation of sustainability experiments and related processes of knowledge creation and learning, the creation of new actor coalitions between administration, business and civil society around particular environmental initiatives, or the forging of networks between and across cities to join force in tackling environmental and social problems.
Contributions to this Special Issue should empirically deal with cases of sustainable infrastructural change in cities and in particular with governance strategies to shape such transformation processes towards greater sustainability.
Prof. Dr. Harald Rohracher
PD, Dr. Michael Ornetzeder
Dr. Philipp Späth
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- urban infrastructures
- sustainability transitions
- socio-technical change
- smart cities
- sustainable cities
- environmental governance
- urban agriculture