“New economic” logics and urban sustainability transitions

Longhurst, N., Avelino, F., Wittmeyer, J., Weaver, P., Dumitru, A., Heilscher, S., Cipolla, C., Afonso, R., Kunze, I. and Elle, M.

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    This paper argues that cities will play a critical role in any future sustainability transitions, and that the direction of such transitions will inevitably be shaped by broader, prevailing economic logics. Whilst neoliberalism has played a powerful role in shaping processes of urban development, we highlight four alternative, ‘new economic’ logics which represent fundamentally different modes of economic organization. In each case, the logics inform already existing urban
    experiments in transformative social innovation, leading to the creating of new patterns of (economic) relation. The growth of such experiments raises a number of important questions, including how we imagine the urban economy, and the role of social innovation in sustainability transitions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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    SeriesTRANSIT Working Paper

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