Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions
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Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions

From Research to Practice

Edited by Nicola F. Dotti

This book provides theories, experiences, reflections and future directions for social scientists who wish to engage with policy-oriented research in cities and regions. The ‘policy learning’ perspective is comprehensively discussed, focusing on actors promoting ‘policy knowledge’ and interaction among different stakeholders. The book also aims to provide practical insights for policy-makers and practitioners interested in research-based approaches to cities and regions.
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Chapter 10: Knowledge governance in sustainable development: a comparative case study

Alwin Gerritsen, Marian Stuiver and Catrien Termeer


In knowledge governance actors purposefully create and disseminate knowledge to devise solutions for complex policy problems. This chapter unravels this knowledge governance empirically by analysing three cases of knowledge governance in sustainable development: how they emerged, how they were structured and how they contributed to solving policy problems. Additionally, the cases are compared by using a set of theoretical knowledge governance characteristics. The cases are: ‘Sustainable Dairy Farming in the Northern Frisian Woodlands’, ‘Seaweed Farming in the North Sea’, and ‘Metropolitan Food Cluster Mexico’. The chapter identifies two types of knowledge governance that differ in the governance challenges they face.

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