Social Innovation in Sustainable Urban Development
Mieg, Harald A. (editor)
How can a city advance from social invention to social innovation, to attain sustainable urban development (SUD)? Many new ideas, initiatives, and showcases for social innovation have been introduced; however, project-based forms of experimentation are often just part of the ongoing urban politics (or governmentality), and consequently somewhat ephemeral, with traditional siloed city administrations remaining a central obstacle to SUD. Our Special Issue presents twelve papers that address the question of social innovation in sustainable urban development from very different angles. The contributions span issues concerning smart cities, innovation in the adaptive reuse of urban heritage, as well as policy options for regions in transition. In terms of social innovation for SUD purposes, the presented solutions range from transferable legal formalizations to the creation of urban ecosystems whose institutional structures ensure the inclusion of the civil society. Instead of a comprehensive, integrative SUD, robust sectoral solutions, or even phased solutions, are more likely to be sought.
Keywordsinformal land-use practice; institutional innovation; urban informality; state governance; the PRD; sustainability; railway transport; sustainable development; urban rail; Addis Ababa light rail transit; transport infrastructure; sustainable urban transport; Sub-Saharan Africa; social innovation; sustainable urban development; economic ecosystems; transitions to sustainability; informality; green technology; fourth industrial revolution; innovation; infrastructure; financializaton; precautionary principle; socio-technical transition; governance challenge; public bicycles; smartphone-based sharing-bicycles; digital rights; smart cities; people-centered smart cities; technological innovation; policy experimentation; action research; online research; COVID-19; smart city; smart service; citizen satisfaction; sustainable smart city; structural equation model; urban planning; urban rehabilitation; new working spaces; municipal urban planning; Lisboa/Lisbon; rural–urban ecosystems; social innovation diffusion; education; NEET; social inclusion; Youth Guarantee Programme; best practices; cultural heritage; adaptive reuse; commons; urban planning and policy; conservation; resilience strategies; civic initiatives; COVID-19 pandemic; coastal zones; beach access; distributive justice; legal aspects; Barcelona ICZM protocol; international comparative analysis; n/a
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Publication date and place2022
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