Abstract

The papers in this theme issue seek to advance our understanding of the roles of networks and partnerships in the multilevel governance of climate change and related issues in the urban context. In particular, the papers examine the roles of nontraditional actors and apply emerging theoretical approaches such as sustainability transitions theory to gain a greater understanding of the variety of approaches being employed around the world, as well as the transformative potential of these approaches. We discuss the role of the state relative to the roles of local leadership, knowledge systems, and community-wide collaborative engagement in bringing about sustainability transitions.

Table of Contents

Schroeder H, Burch S, Rayner S (guest editors). 2013. “Novel multisector networks and entrepreneurship in urban climate governance.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31(5), 761 – 768. 

Fisher D R. 2013. “Understanding the relationship between subnational and national climate change politics in the United States: toward a theory of boomerang federalism.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31(5), 769 – 784.

Romero-Lankao P, Hughes S, Rosas-Huerta A, Borquez R, Gnatz D M. 2013. “Institutional capacity for climate change responses: an examination of construction and pathways in Mexico City and Santiago.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31(5), 785 – 805.

Setzer J, Biderman R. 2013. “Increasing participation in climate policy implementation: a case for engaging SMEs from the transport sector in the city of São Paulo.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31(5), 806 – 821. 

Burch S, Schroeder H, Rayner S, Wilson J. 2013. “Novel multisector networks and entrepreneurship: the role of small businesses in the multilevel governance of climate change.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31(5), 822 – 840. 

Berkhout T, Westerhoff L. 2013. “Local energy systems: evaluating network effectiveness for transformation in British Columbia, Canada.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31(5), 841 – 857.

Aylett A. 2013. “Networked urban climate governance: neighborhood-scale residential solar energy systems and the example of Solarize Portland.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31(5), 858 – 875.

Killip G, 2013. “Transition management using a market transformation approach: lessons for theory, research, and practice from the case of low-carbon housing refurbishment in the UK.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31(5), 876 – 892.

Shey J E, Belis D. 2013. “Building a municipal food policy regime in Minneapolis: implications for urban climate governance.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31(5), 893 – 910.

Juhola S. 2013. “Adaptation to climate change in the private and the third sector: case study of governance of the Helsinki Metropolitan region.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31(5), 911 – 925.

Boyd E, Ghosh A. 2013. “Innovations for enabling urban climate governance: evidence from Mumbai.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31(5), 926 – 945.