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Natural powers: from the bio-economy to the eco-economy and sustainable place-making

Marsden, Terry ORCID: and Farioli, Francesca 2015. Natural powers: from the bio-economy to the eco-economy and sustainable place-making. Sustainability Science 10 , pp. 331-344. 10.1007/s11625-014-0287-z

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The current intensification of efforts to develop post-carbon solutions to the global food/energy security problems is developing a highly contested policy/technology/production/consumption arena. The paper examines how current attempts to resolve these new productivist priorities are embedded in combinations of sustainability, security, sovereignty and resource governance concerns. These concerns are coming together with the new contested framings of the bio-economy and the eco-economy. The framings hold different implications for social and spatial development. The paper argues that it is important to apply and connect a critical ‘post normal’ sustainability science approach to developing the place-making properties of the eco-economy model, as well as examining the implications of the wider and more dominant bio-economic framing. The analysis shows that to achieve synergies between sustainability, security, sovereignty and effective resource governance, a more place-based eco-economic model needs to be progressed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 1862-4065
Date of Acceptance: 16 December 2014
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 09:28

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