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ISSN (online): 2071-1050
Journal Sheet: Sustainability

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- A European Perspective on Cultural Heritage as a Driver for Sustainable Development and Regional Resilience

- Agricultural Innovation and Sustainable Development

- Applications of Artificial Intelligence in New Energy Technology Systems

- Approaches to the Non-conflictual Use of Resources

- Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | Exploring the Impact of AI on Politics and Society

- Autonomous Vehicles | Future of Transportation Sustainability

- Belt & Road Initiative in Times of ‘Synchronized Downturn’ | Issues, Challenges, Opportunities

- BIM-Based Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Buildings

- Biochar and Greenhouse Gas Emissions during Livestock Bio-Waste Composting

- Bringing Governance Back Home | Lessons for Local Government regarding Rapid Climate Action

- Carbon Neutrality and Sustainability

- Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Tourism Sector

- Circular Economy | A Move towards Economical Viable Sustainability

- Circular Economy Evaluation | Towards a Transparent and Traceable Approach under a Life Cycle Perspective

- Climate Adaptation and Mitigation through Sustainable Energy Solutions

- Considering Irreversibility in Transport Infrastructure Planning

- Construction 4.0 | The Next Revolution in the Construction Industry

- Corporate Sustainability and Sustainable Management in Changing Environments

- Covid-19 and Urban Inequalities | Spatial and Digital Dimensions

- Designing and Implementing Innovative Business Models and Supply Chains | The Digitalization and Sustainability Imperative

- Digital Economy, E-commerce, and Sustainability

- Eco-Didactic Art, Design, and Architecture in the Public Realm

- Economy and Sustainability of Natural Resources

- Educational Spaces and Sustainability

- Effects of Climate Change on Sustainable Agriculture

- Efficient and Non-polluting Biomass and Wastes Thermal Gasification

- Emerging Research on Socio-Technological Sustainability Transitions

- Energy System Sustainability

- Environmental Impacts under Sustainable Conservation Management

- Environmental Management Approaches and Tools to Boost Circular Economy

- Environmental Migration and Displacement-Migration Aspirations in Response to Environmental Changes

- Exploring and Analyzing Links between the Covid-19 Pandemic and Globalization | Levers for Sustainability Transitions?

- Farming System Design and Assessment for Sustainable Agroecological Transition

- Geological Heritage and Biodiversity in Natural and Cultural Landscapes

- Governance of Technology in Smart Cities

- Green Building Technologies II

- High Precision Positioning for Intelligent Transportation System

- Household Food Waste | From an International Perspective

- Hydrological Responses by Climate Change and Human Activities

- IEIE Buildings (Integration of Energy and Indoor Envirornent)

- Influence of Hydrometeorological Hazards on Regional Sustainable Development in Vulnerable Mountain Areas

- Infotainment Systems and Intelligent Vehicles

- Innovations towards Greener and Smarter Mobility for Sustainable Development

- Innovative and Sustainable Technology in Carbon Emission Reduction

- Innovative Food Science and Sustainable Process Management

- Integration of BIM and ICT for Sustainable Building Projects

- Karst and Environmental Sustainability

- Low CO2 Concrete

- Machine Learning for Sustainable Energy

- Maladaptation to Climate Change

- Management and Innovation for Environmental Sustainability

- Management Approaches to Improve Sustainability in Urban Systems

- Mediatization of Social Sustainability | Paradigm of Explicitation and Understanding of the Environment, Society and the Economy

- Modelling and Mapping of Soil

- Natural and Technological Hazards in Urban Areas | Assessment, Planning and Solutions

- Nature-Based Tourism, Protected Areas, and Sustainability

- New Environmental, Economic and Social Challenges for Raw Materials Supply | Sustainable Mining and Extractive Waste Exploitation

- New Evidences of Indoor Thermal Comfort in Residential and Tertiary Buildings | Design and Evaluation Methods

- Organic and Perovskite Photovoltaics | New Materials, New Processes and Stability

- Planning and Design Interventions for Improving the Well-Being of Vulnerable Groups

- Port Governance

- Public Health Related to Climate Change

- Public Transport Accessibility and Sustainability

- Recycling and Sustainability of Plastics

- Regenerative Buildings and Beyond | Scale Jumping Sustainable and Net-Zero Designs to Regenerative Neighbourhoods, Districts, Communities, and Cities

- Renewable Energies for Sustainable Development

- Rural Development | Challenges for Managers and Policy Makers

- Scientific Theory and Methodologies toward a Sustainable Future under Post-Covid-19 Transition Movement

- Sheltering and Housing Displaced Populations

- Smart City Innovation and Resilience in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

- Soil Stabilization in Sustainability

- Sustainability and Agricultural Economics

- Sustainability at the Nexus between Climate Change and Land Use Change

- Sustainability in Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies

- Sustainable and Safe Two-Wheel Mobility

- Sustainable Building and Sustainable Indoor Environment

- Sustainable Cities | Challenges and Potential Solutions

- Sustainable Construction Engineering and Management

- Sustainable Cropping Practices to Counteract Environmental Stresses

- Sustainable Development and Practices | Production, Consumption and Prosumption

- Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES)

- Sustainable Enterprise Excellence and Innovation

- Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Firm Performance and Innovation

- Sustainable Geotechnics | Theory, Practice, and Applications

- Sustainable Innovation Trends and Global Value Chains in Emerging Markets

- Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing and Logistics Systems

- Sustainable Railway Systems | Innovation and Optimization

- Sustainable Transportation Management, Governance and Public Policy

- Sustainable Transportation Planning and Policy

- Sustainable Zero Energy Buildings

- Systems Engineering for Sustainable Development Goals

- The Human Side of Sustainable Innovations

- The Value Generation of Social Farming

- Towards a Sustainable Urban Planning for the Green Deal Era

- Urban Microclimate and Air Quality as Drivers of Urban Design

- Urban Renewal, Governance and Sustainable Development | More of the Same or New Paths?

- Urban Sprawl and Sustainability II

- Urban Sustainability | Community-Scale Climate Adaptation

- Urban Sustainability | Re-envisioning Cities to Lead the Way toward to Circular Economy

- Urbanization and Road Safety Management

- Water-Food-Energy Nexus for Sustainable Development

- World Cities in the Era of Globalization

Year of the Pubblication: 2021
31
Jan
2021
Paper Submission Deadline
27
Feb
2021
Publishing Date

Add to Calendar 01/31/2021 08:00 Europe/Rome Bringing Governance Back Home | Lessons for Local Government regarding Rapid Climate Action

There is a growing recognition both that rapid action on climate change is urgently necessary, and that many of the responsibilities for this action (e.g., around transport, land use planning and economic development) rest at a local level. This is attested to by the growing number of local authorities internationally that have declared climate emergencies. Responding to this emergency will require significant changes to the assumptions, expectations, priorities and procedures of locally elected representatives and government officials. Two apparently contradictory narratives emerge out of the arena of (local) responses to climate change, in the context of climate as a failure of governance relations between state and diverse non-state actors. On the one hand, effective and/or ‘resilient’ climate governance can be understood as a matter of building polities (including politicians, citizens and public, private and third sectors) capable of governing themselves collaboratively. This both blurs conventional dualisms between the governing and the governed, expert and lay, ordinary citizens and decision-makers and challenges orthodox norms of governance, building on decades of research and advocacy around the democratization of science and participation in technoscientific decision-making. On the other, it can be understood as speaking to a need for constantly improving but still-professionalized institutional divisions of labour of governance, which includes capacities for strong governmental leadership informed by rigorous independent scientific analysis. This, in turn, poses a challenge to more critical, heterodox approaches to governance, which have been argued to provide a utopian and/or overly holistic account of participatory governance, neglecting a multitude of embedded relations of power that are not easily disentangled, and fetishizing the capacity of ‘the local’ as the scale at which competing priorities can best be resolved. This Special Issue will explore the responses of local government across the world to the need for rapid climate action. We are particularly interested in the lived experience of local politicians, officers and those engaging with them in adapting to this challenge and driving the response. While questions of technical solutions and policy design for rapid climate action have been well studied, little attention has been paid to the crucial question of how such outcomes might be implemented, by whom, and how action is enabled or constrained by the institutional and other sociotechnical relations in which these actors are embedded. We welcome contributions that will address this gap in the literature by exploring what it might mean to ‘bring governance back home’: responding to these contradictory narratives in ways that acknowledge the practical necessity of smaller, more human scales and modes of governance, while grounding normative speculation about models of governance in the empirical and power realities of doing local climate governance in practice.
Keywords: local government; climate change; lived experience; expert/lay knowledge; governance; participation.

Switzerland
CALL FOR PAPERS
Code: CFP-S112-SI27_2021
Posting date: 05/11/2020

Bringing Governance Back Home | Lessons for Local Government regarding Rapid Climate Action


Aims and Scope

There is a growing recognition both that rapid action on climate change is urgently necessary, and that many of the responsibilities for this action (e.g., around transport, land use planning and economic development) rest at a local level. This is attested to by the growing number of local authorities internationally that have declared climate emergencies. Responding to this emergency will require significant changes to the assumptions, expectations, priorities and procedures of locally elected representatives and government officials. Two apparently contradictory narratives emerge out of the arena of (local) responses to climate change, in the context of climate as a failure of governance relations between state and diverse non-state actors. On the one hand, effective and/or ‘resilient’ climate governance can be understood as a matter of building polities (including politicians, citizens and public, private and third sectors) capable of governing themselves collaboratively. This both blurs conventional dualisms between the governing and the governed, expert and lay, ordinary citizens and decision-makers and challenges orthodox norms of governance, building on decades of research and advocacy around the democratization of science and participation in technoscientific decision-making. On the other, it can be understood as speaking to a need for constantly improving but still-professionalized institutional divisions of labour of governance, which includes capacities for strong governmental leadership informed by rigorous independent scientific analysis. This, in turn, poses a challenge to more critical, heterodox approaches to governance, which have been argued to provide a utopian and/or overly holistic account of participatory governance, neglecting a multitude of embedded relations of power that are not easily disentangled, and fetishizing the capacity of ‘the local’ as the scale at which competing priorities can best be resolved. This Special Issue will explore the responses of local government across the world to the need for rapid climate action. We are particularly interested in the lived experience of local politicians, officers and those engaging with them in adapting to this challenge and driving the response. While questions of technical solutions and policy design for rapid climate action have been well studied, little attention has been paid to the crucial question of how such outcomes might be implemented, by whom, and how action is enabled or constrained by the institutional and other sociotechnical relations in which these actors are embedded. We welcome contributions that will address this gap in the literature by exploring what it might mean to ‘bring governance back home’: responding to these contradictory narratives in ways that acknowledge the practical necessity of smaller, more human scales and modes of governance, while grounding normative speculation about models of governance in the empirical and power realities of doing local climate governance in practice.
Keywords: local government; climate change; lived experience; expert/lay knowledge; governance; participation.

Languages
English
Country
Switzerland
Topics
Climate Change, Co-Design, Cultural Landscape, Data Analysis Processes, Data Sensing and Analysis, Decision Support Systems, Development Economics, Future Developments, Governance, Health Risk, Land Use, Landscape, Resilience, Risk Management, Sustainable Development, Transport infrastructures, Transports, Urban Development, Urban Landscapes
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Guest Editors
Prof. Dr. David Tyfield
Prof. Rebecca Willis
Dr. Andy Yuille