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Co-producing knowledge for sustainable cities : joining forces for change

Author: Merritt Polk
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2015. ©2015
Series: Routledge research in sustainable urbanism.
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"At the current time, many issues and problems within sustainable urban development are managed within traditional disciplinary and organizational structures. However, problems such as, climate change, resource constraints, poverty and social tensions all exceed current compartmentalization of policy-making, administration and knowledge production. This book provides a better understanding of how researchers and  Read more...
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Co-producing knowledge for sustainable cities.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2015
(DLC) 2014030167
(OCoLC)883648548
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Merritt Polk
ISBN: 9781317604570 1317604571 9781315748030 1315748037
OCLC Number: 900193684
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 195 pages).
Contents: 1. Co-producing knowledge for sustainable urban futures / Merritt Polk and Jaan-Henrik Kain --
2. Co-producing knowledge in Gothenburg through political collaboration, cross-sector programs, triple helix science parks, and Mistra Urban Futures / Bj©œrn Malbert, Merritt Polk, and Stig Egnell --
3. Co-producing knowledge for whom, and to what end? Reflections from the African Centre for Cities in Cape Town / Warren Smit, Mary Lawhon, and Zarina Patel --
4. Tracing Kisumu's path in the co-production of knowledge for urban development / George Mark Onyango and Bernard Otieno Obera --
5. Lessons on the research-practice relationship : from critique to co-production in Greater Manchester / Beth Perry and Tim May --
6. Multifaceted engagement for urban sustainable futures in Melbourne and Southeast Asia / Colin Fudge and John Fien --
7. Formative evaluation at a transdisciplinary research center / Tomas Hellstr©œm --
8. Critical issues and challenges for co-producing knowledge for urban change / Merritt Polk.
Series Title: Routledge research in sustainable urbanism.
Responsibility: edited by Merritt Polk.

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"At the current time, many issues and problems within sustainable urban development are managed within traditional disciplinary and organizational structures. However, problems such as, climate change, resource constraints, poverty and social tensions all exceed current compartmentalization of policy-making, administration and knowledge production. This book provides a better understanding of how researchers and practitioners together can co-produce knowledge to better contribute to solving the complex challenges of reaching sustainable urban futures. It is written for academic and professional audiences working with urban planning and sustainable cities around the world. Co-production is presented, by way of introduction, as a non-linear, collaborative approach to knowledge production which combines interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, cross sector and policy approaches to societal problem solving. Examples are taken from Cape Town, Gothenburg, Kisumu, Manchester, Melbourne and a selection of cities in Southeast Asia. Each city chapter discusses the drivers and motivations behind knowledge co-production and gives concrete examples of activities and approaches that have been used to promote sustainable urban futures. Each chapter is written to promote mutual learning from the approaches that are already in use. Building upon these city cases, the conclusions outline an international practice and research agenda aimed at strengthening the promotion and implementation of the knowledge co-production for sustainability across diverse urban development contexts. This book provides an overview of the diverse driving forces behind co-production, and their specific contexts and constraints in a variety of cosmopolitan urban contexts. Some of these include institutional and cross-sector barriers to co-production, the need for learning across diverse levels and contexts, and strategies for balancing scientific excellence with the needs of societal change. This book offers valuable lessons regarding the concrete implications and potential impact that co-production processes can have for different user groups, such as planners, politicians, researchers, business interests and NGOs in different urban development contexts"--

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