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Urban Chances: City growth and the sustainability challenge; Comparing fast growing cities in growing economies

Objective

In this programme we want to examine how governments and citizens in cities with differing patterns of urban economic growth make use of participatory(or integrated) spatial knowledge management to direct urban governance towards more sustainable development (SD). Participatory spatial knowledge management is the main concept we use to study this issue, as it reflects a strategic resource, which all stakeholders can contribute to urban governance processes towards SD. It includes both expert knowledge and several forms of non-expert knowledge, such as knowledge from (working) experience (tacit), embedded sectoral knowledge, and social (or community-based) knowledge at the neighbourhood and city-wide level. Participatory processes of urban planning and management are strategic in eliciting these forms of spatially disaggregated (of specific) knowledge, which are usually not acknowledged in top-down, expert-driven models of urban governance and planning. Utilizing participatory spatial knowledge can make urban governance and planning more effective and gain wider acceptance, by incorporating both expert and local community knowledge. Although participatory spatial knowledge management is increasingly used in urban planning processes, its success depends on external political and economic conditions. A legal framework providing for fiscal decentralisation and funding, for instance, is a strategic support. The influence of various external conditions has not yet been analysed much locally, and certainly not comparatively across different socio-political contexts, although it is a strategic question, given the inherent trade-offs and potential political conflicts in combining environmental, social and economic goals (within SD). Therefore, our programme focuses on nine cities with contrasting economic and political conditions, with the main scientific objective of developing a model on participatory spatial knowledge management to direct urban governance to SD.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2009-B
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Funding Scheme

CP-SICA - Collaborative project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries (SICA)

Coordinator

EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF DEVELOPMENTRESEARCH AND TRAINING INSTITUTES - EADI EUROPAISCHER VERBAND DER ENTWICKLUNGS- FORSCHUNGS- UND AUSBILDUNGS
Address
Kaiser Friedrich Strasse 11
53113 Bonn
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 363 860
Administrative Contact
Susanne Von Itter (Ms.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 426 966
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gijsberta Krenn (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 360 284
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Franck Charron (Mr.)
SCHOOL OF PLANNING AND ARCHITECTURE

Participation ended

India
EU contribution
€ 184 376
Address
Indra Prastha Estate 4 Block B
110002 New Delhi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sridharan Namperumal (Prof.)
ASOCIACION FORO CIUDADES PARA LA VIDA - FCPV CITIES FOR LIFE FORUM
Peru
EU contribution
€ 347 247
Address
Jr Vargas Machuca 408
18 Lima
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Liliana Miranda (Mrs.)
Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 365 350
Address
Rua Morgado De Mateus 615
04015 São Paulo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Adrian Gurza Lavalle (Dr.)
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BY- OG REGIONFORSKNING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 261 400
Address
Gaustadalleen 21
0349 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jon Olav Viste (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 291 117
Address
University Road, Chiltern Hills
3630 Westville
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Catherine Oelofse Sutherland (Ms.)