Handbook of Urban Geography
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Handbook of Urban Geography

Edited by Tim Schwanen and Ronald van Kempen

This collection brings together the latest thinking in urban geography. It provides a comprehensive overview of topical issues and draws on experiences from across the world. Chapters have been prepared by leading researchers in the field and cover themes as diverse as urban economies, inequalities and diversity, conflicts and politics, ecology and sustainability, and information technologies. The Handbook offers a valuable resource for students and researchers interested in cities and the urban in geography and across the wider social sciences.
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Chapter 30: The governance of climate change in urban areas

Vanesa Castán Broto


Research on the governance of climate change in urban areas has looked both at the interest in local and sub-national arenas for climate action and at the consequences of such action across scales. This chapter offers a synthesis of three recurrent ideas that inform this area of scholarship. First, it looks into social learning as a means to understand the broader cultural and institutional changes required for a socio-technical transition beyond separate processes of technological innovation. Second, it provides a short overview of the development of the concept of experimentation to explain how multiple actors enact different means to intervene in cities so that actions map onto specific consequences and indicators of transition. Third, the chapter describes how the deployment of experiments results in inherent contradictions. These contradictions help to visualize structural constraints for action and motivate further action beyond the specific processes of experimentation at work.

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