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Advancing urban transitions and transformations research

Torrens, J., Westman, L., Wolfram, M., Broto, V.C., Barnes, J., Egermann, M., Ehnert, F., Frantzeskaki, N., Fratini, C.F., Håkansson, I., Hölscher, K., Huang, P., Raven, R., Sattlegger, A., Schmidt-Thomé, K., Smeds, E., Vogel, N., Wangel, J., von Wirth, T., 2021. Advancing urban transitions and transformations research. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 

Abstract

Urban transitions and transformations research fosters a dialogue between sustainability transitions theory an inter- and transdisciplinary research on urban change. As a field, urban transitions and transformations research encompasses plural analytical and conceptual perspectives. In doing so, this field opens up sustainability transitions research to new communities of practice in urban environments, including mayors, transnational municipal networks, and international organizations.

Highlights

A pluralistic field has emerged at the intersection of sustainability transitions, urban studies and sustainability transformations

Deepening inter and transdisciplinary engagements with distinct perspectives on urban change is needed to advance urban transitions and transformations research

• To advance the field, four avenues stand out: retheorising the urban, rediscovering ecology, politicising urban change, and planning and governing transformation processes.

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