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City networks and the socio-ecological transition. A European inventory

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  • Adrien Labaeye
  • Thomas Sauer

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Area 5 focuses on the regional and local dimensions of the new European path to socio-ecological transition. Its central assumption is that any strategy developed to enhance a socio-ecological transition is unlikely to yield strong results unless the resources of regional and local actors are mobilised and the complex interactions between central policy initiatives and their regional or local implementation are taken into account. In order to better understand how cities and regions initiate processes of change in relation to sustainability, this milestone focuses on networks of cities, regions and their communities around the issue of sustainable development. Indeed, those networks have often been described in the literature as a crucial element in implementing sustainable development at subnational and local levels and across borders. This milestone takes the form of a short review of the relevant literature that introduces an inventory of the various sustainability networks involving cities and regions across Europe mapping them against a set of established criteria. Findings of the inventory's analysis are presented, some new avenues for research and policy-making being suggested.

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  • Adrien Labaeye & Thomas Sauer, 2013. "City networks and the socio-ecological transition. A European inventory," WWWforEurope Working Papers series 27, WWWforEurope.
  • Handle: RePEc:feu:wfewop:y:2013:m:7:d:0:i:27
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    1. Michael Böheim & Anna Strauss & Teresa Weiss, 2015. "Moving towards a new growth model. Policy options," WWWforEurope Deliverables series 10, WWWforEurope.
    2. Thomas Sauer & Stephanie Barnebeck & Yannick Kalff & Judith Schicklinski, 2015. "The Role of Cities in the Socio-Ecological Transition of Europe (ROCSET)," WWWforEurope Working Papers series 93, WWWforEurope.
    3. Kurt Bayer, 2015. "Institutional Set-up and Conflict Resolution. Implementation of the WWWforEurope Transition Strategy," WWWforEurope Working Papers series 99, WWWforEurope.
    4. Karl Aiginger & Kurt Kratena & Margit Schratzenstaller & Teresa Weiss, 2014. "Moving towards a new growth model," WWWforEurope Deliverables series 3, WWWforEurope.
    5. Pablo-Romero, María del P. & Pozo-Barajas, Rafael & Sánchez-Braza, Antonio, 2016. "Analyzing the effects of Energy Action Plans on electricity consumption in Covenant of Mayors signatory municipalities in Andalusia," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 99(C), pages 12-26.
    6. Stephanie Barnebeck & Yannick Kalff, 2015. "Urban Agenda and Urban Sustainability Strategies. Taking Stock of Policy Implementation and Policy Discussion," WWWforEurope Working Papers series 130, WWWforEurope.
    7. Harald Badinger & David Bailey & Lisa De Propris & Peter Huber & Jürgen Janger & Kurt Kratena & Hans Pitlik & Thomas Sauer & Renaud Thillaye & Jeroen van den Bergh, 2016. "New Dynamics for Europe: Reaping the Benefits of Socio-ecological Transition. Synthesis Report Part II," WWWforEurope Deliverables series 12, WWWforEurope.
    8. Stephanie Barnebeck & Yannick Kalff, 2015. "Urban Agenda and Urban Sustainability Strategies. Taking Stock of Policy Implementation and Policy Discussion," WWWforEurope Working Papers series 103, WWWforEurope.

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    Keywords

    Academic research; biophysical constraints; ecological excellence; ecological innovation; entrepreneurship; European governance; gender; good governance; green jobs; holistic and interdisciplinary approach; institutional reforms; labour markets; multi-level governance; research; social capital as growth driver; social innovation; socio-ecological transition; sustainable growth; sustainable cities; sustainable urban transition;

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    • B4 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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