Eco-cities: the mainstreaming of urban sustainability - key characteristics and driving factors

Joss, S. (2011) Eco-cities: the mainstreaming of urban sustainability - key characteristics and driving factors. International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, 6(3), pp. 268-285. (doi:10.2495/SDP-V6-N3-268-285)

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Abstract

Efforts to innovate in urban sustainability have in recent decades culminated in a new phenomenon: eco-cities. In recognition of the key role played by cites both as the cause of, and potential solution to, global climate change and rapid urbanisation, the concept and practice of eco-cities have since the early 2000s gained global signifi cance and become increasingly mainstream in policy-making. This study provides an analysis of contemporary eco-city developments by systematically mapping some 79 recent initiatives at global level; evaluating key characteristics (including development type, phase and implementation mode) and discussing the factors (such as technological development, cultural branding, and political leadership) that drive and condition innovation in this area. The article concludes by outlining a research agenda for addressing both the challenges and opportunities of future eco-city governance.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Joss, Professor Simon
Authors: Joss, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning
Publisher:WIT Press
ISSN:1743-7601
ISSN (Online):1743-761X

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