Stuck in the middle with you: The role of bridging organisations in urban regeneration

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Kampelmann, Stephan, Van Hollebeke, Sarah and Vandergert, P. 2016. Stuck in the middle with you: The role of bridging organisations in urban regeneration. Ecological Economics. 129, pp. 82-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.06.005
AuthorsKampelmann, Stephan, Van Hollebeke, Sarah and Vandergert, P.
Abstract

The literature on the governance of social-ecological systems increasingly recognizes a key role of bridging organisations (BOs) in transition processes towards sustainability. BOs can be defined as facilitators who allow for interorganisational collaboration. Our paper provides a more nuanced understanding of specific BO activities and their contributions towards urban sustainability. Our analysis is based on applying three complementary methodological angles (drawing on geolocalised data, interviews and action research) to 20 years of urban renovation investments in the city-region of Brussels. We distinguish between multi-scale, multi-actor and multi-dimensional tensions in urban renovation programmes and link these tensions to bridging challenges for BOs. Results suggest that the corresponding three types of bridging roles form a trilemma rather than a trilogy: the BOs in study have mediated one tension by de facto exacerbating another. Lessons from action research suggest that a wider use of temporality and shared language to communicate about urban renovation projects could attenuate the bridging trilemma.

JournalEcological Economics
Journal citation129, pp. 82-93
ISSN09218009
Year2016
PublisherElsevier
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.06.005
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Accepted03 Jun 2016
Accepted03 Jun 2016
FunderEuropean Union Seventh Framework Programme
Seventh Framework Programme
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