How can ‘ordinary’ cities become climate pioneers?

Haupt, W., Eckersley, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-9048-8529 and Kern, K., 2021. How can ‘ordinary’ cities become climate pioneers? In: C. Howarth, ed., Local climate praxis: bridging the gap between theory and practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (Forthcoming)

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One way to tackle climate change locally is to adopt successful approaches pioneered elsewhere. However, because most research has focused on large forerunner cities, smaller municipalities with a lower profile may not be aware of initiatives that are directly relevant to them. We need more research into ‘ordinary’ cities that are located “off the map” to correct this imbalance and highlight creative practices that could be replicated elsewhere. Drawing on climate and environmental governance literature and two cases from Germany, this chapter explores how ‘ordinary’ cities may become pioneers. Mid-sized cities like Remscheid and Göttingen demonstrate that local governments can catch up with the leaders, even if they have only limited resources and capacities, for example through participation in third-party funded climate-related projects. We need to study and highlight many more similar examples, so that they can serve as models to help other ‘ordinary’ cities transform into pioneers.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Haupt, W., Eckersley, P. and Kern, K.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Place of Publication: London
Date: 23 March 2021
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 07 Apr 2021 18:18
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:04

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