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Regional spatial planning, government and governance as recipe for sustainable development?

Frank, Andrea Irmgard ORCID: and Marsden, Terry Keith ORCID: 2016. Regional spatial planning, government and governance as recipe for sustainable development? Andersson, Kjell, Sjoblom, Stefan, Granberg, Leo, Ehrstrom, Peter and Marsden, Terry, eds. Metropolitan Ruralities, Research in Rural Sociology and Development, vol. 23. Emerald, pp. 241-271. (10.1108/S1057-192220160000023011)

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Regionalism implying some form of city-region or metropolitan-level planning and governance has long been promoted for multiple reasons albeit with varied success. Experiencing a resurgence in 1990s, regional coordination and cooperation has proven effective in pursuing economic development and bolstering competitiveness. Unfortunately, other voices, such as those promoting regional scale land use planning and management to cultivate more sustainable urban form and settlement patterns became comparatively crowded out. With climate change-related environmental and ecological pressures mounting, the chapter suggests it is time to frame regions as socio-ecological rather than mere socio-economic spaces, thereby placing greater emphasis on ecosystems and ecological land management and a circular, regenerative economy. Using the city-region of Stuttgart (Germany) as exemplar, our contribution initiates an exploration into whether statutory regional planning in combination with various informal tools and a multi-level governance framework allows actors to begin to embed and implement these emerging ecological sustainability concepts.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Publisher: Emerald
ISBN: 978-1-78560-797-4
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 11:10

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