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Governing Sustainable and Resilient Cities
In previous projects funded by EPSRC, the British Academy and others, my work has contributed to debates over sustainable cities and sustainable communities. Drawing on a political-economic approach I have explored the dynamic and recursive inter-relationships between sustainable city-building and the governance spaces in which they are embedded. Well-cited publications include a conceptual interrogation of sustainability agendas as a hybrid between neo-liberalism and more interventionist modes of state organisation in Antipode, and a research monograph that places contemporary debates into a wider historical context. I have also just completed an edited book entitled The Future of Sustainable Cities: Critical Reflections, that builds on my existing work and is one of the first in-depth collections that explores the impacts of the financial crisis and ‘austerity government’ on understandings of sustainable urbanism and future trajectories of urban and regional development. My current and future research on this theme will be directly related to post-recession planning and thinking about sustainability and urban resilience. In the UK context, this involves an exploration of the impacts associated with budget reductions in the welfare state, privatisation, and the rolling-out of what the Coalition government term the ‘big society’. Recent articles of mine in Geojournal and Urban Studies explore some of the key debates over recession and resilience planning at national, regional, and local scales. A forthcoming paper in a special issue of Planning, Practice, and Research on the future of planning develops some of these ideas to discuss the barriers to the rolling out of a new localism and its implications for the future of urban development practices. Much of this has been developed from on-going research on the role of privatisation, particularly the Private Finance Initiative, in the governance of welfare planning in South East London and how a culture of contractualism increasingly shapes the boundaries of ‘big society’ and localist politics. My work explores the broader role of infrastructure development, management, and ownership in the building of sustainable cities and the longer term implications of reductions in state expenditure on capital investment.
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