Blending adaptive governance and institutional theory to explore urban resilience and sustainability strategies in the Rome Metropolitan Area, Italy

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Vandergert, P., Collier, Marcus, Kamplemann, Stephan and Newport, D. 2015. Blending adaptive governance and institutional theory to explore urban resilience and sustainability strategies in the Rome Metropolitan Area, Italy. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development.
AuthorsVandergert, P., Collier, Marcus, Kamplemann, Stephan and Newport, D.
Abstract

Adaptive governance is an emerging theory in natural resource management. This paper addresses a gap in the literature by exploring the potential of adaptive governance for delivering resilience and sustainability in the urban context. We explore emerging challenges to transitioning to urban resilience and sustainability: bringing together multiple scales and institutions; facilitating a social-ecological-systems approach and; embedding social and environmental equity into visions of urban sustainability and resilience. Current approaches to adaptive governance could be helpful for addressing these first two challenges but not in addressing the third. Therefore, this paper proposes strengthening the institutional foundations of adaptive governance by engaging with institutional theory. We explore this through empirical research in the Rome Metropolitan Area, Italy. We argue that explicitly engaging with these themes could lead to a more substantive urban transition strategy and contribute to adaptive governance theory.

JournalInternational Journal of Urban Sustainable Development
ISSN1946-3138
Year2015
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19463138.2015.1102726
Publication dates
Print02 Nov 2015
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Deposited12 Oct 2015
Accepted30 Sep 2015
FunderEuropean Union
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development on 02.11.15, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/19463138.2015.1102726
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