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Social-ecological resilience and planning: an interdisciplinary exploration
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Systems Ecology.
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Despite considerable expansion in the scope and function of the state with respect to environmental protection, the world’s biological diversity and ecosystem services continue to deteriorate. Finding ways to better govern human-nature relations in cities is an important part of addressing this decline. The aim of this thesis is to explore the potential of social-ecological resilience to inform urban governance in theory and practice, through a focus on strategic spatial planning. Resilience has become an increasingly important urban policy discourse and much hope is placed in its potential to improve urban governance. However, there is an acknowledged gap between social-ecological resilience as an ideal and the ability to govern towards it in practice. At the time this doctoral research commenced there had been no engagement with social-ecological resilience in the planning theory literature and minimal engagement by empirical planning research. It is to this gap the thesis contributes. Social-ecological resilience scholarship is found to offer planning theory a partly new way of understanding complex human-nature relations. This is relevant to calls by planning theorists for more attention to matters of substance, including ecological processes. With respect to practice, planners see potential for social-ecological resilience to critically inform strategic spatial planning, including through the framing of problems, tools for analysis/synthesis and governance options. There are also however, lessons for social-ecological resilience scholarship that emerge from the detailed empirical research which suggests that attention to the politics of the everyday activities of administrators, elected officials, planning officials, conservationists and citizens operating within the so-called ‘mangle of practice’ is critical to explaining the gap between the ideal of governing for urban resilience, and what happens in practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Systems Ecology, Stockholm University , 2012. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
social-ecological resilience, strategic spatial planning, urban governance, ecosystem services, Melbourne, Stockholm
National Category
Other Natural Sciences
Research subject
Natural Resources Management
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-78977ISBN: 978-91-7447-554-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-78977DiVA: diva2:546171
Public defence
2012-09-26, Nordenskiöldsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 12, Stockholm, 09:30 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 4: Manuscript. Paper 5: Manuscript.

Available from: 2012-09-04 Created: 2012-08-22 Last updated: 2012-08-27Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Strategic navigation: in search of an adaptable mode of strategic spatial planning practice
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategic navigation: in search of an adaptable mode of strategic spatial planning practice
2011 (English)In: Town planning review, ISSN 0041-0020, E-ISSN 1478-341X, Vol. 82, no 5, 595-613 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In face of a dizzying pace of change, radical uncertainty and emergent policy effects there have been calls for more open, dynamic and adaptable alternatives to the modernist institutional legacy of strategic spatial planning practice. Here a case is explored where planners responsible for Melbourne's metropolitan planning sought to operationalise such an approach to strategic spatial planning following release of a new metropolitan strategy. They termed this approach 'strategic navigation'. Operationalisation of strategic navigation required: a reconceptualisation of the role of strategic planning; a codification of the subsequent organisational implications through the draft business planning process, including different priorities with respect to the knowledge and relationships, tools and practices that planners rely on to inform their situated judgement; and the identification and informal pursuit of leverageable strategies as a way to enact adaptability.

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Physical Geography
Research subject
Natural Resources Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-66000 (URN)10.3828/tpr.2011.34 (DOI)
Available from: 2011-12-16 Created: 2011-12-16 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
2. Metropolitan planning and resilience thinking: A practitioner’s perspective
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Metropolitan planning and resilience thinking: A practitioner’s perspective
2010 (English)In: Critical Planning, Vol. 17, 2-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Glasgow, Stockholm and Melbourne by resilience and planning scholars, this paper synthesizes practitioner insights into how resilience thinking can inform metropolitan planning. The paper identifies three ways resilience thinking can usefully inform metropolitan planning. First, by offering new metaphors regarding the nature of structural change in linked and complex systems that prioritize change and uncertainty. Second, through the application of new frames and tools for analysis of the dynamics of complex social-ecological urban systems. Third, by examining the relevance of adaptive governance for metropolitan planning.

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Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-53849 (URN)
Available from: 2011-01-25 Created: 2011-01-25 Last updated: 2012-08-27Bibliographically approved
3. Social-ecological resilience: insights and issues for planning theory
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social-ecological resilience: insights and issues for planning theory
2012 (English)In: Planning Theory, ISSN 1473-0952, E-ISSN 1741-3052, Vol. 11, no 2, 148-169 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With its origins in systems ecology and emerging interest in the inter-disciplinary examination of the governance of linked social-ecological systems, social-ecological resilience offers a field of scholarship of particular relevance for planning at a time when global ecological challenges require urgent attention. This article explores what new conceptual ground social-ecological resilience offers planning theory. I argue that at a time when planning theorists are calling for more attention to matters of substance alongside matters of process, social-ecological resilience provides a timely contribution, particularly given the minimal attention in planning theory scholarship to environmental and ecological considerations as a driving concern.

Keyword
social-ecological resilience, planning theory, complexity, ecology, environment, ecosystem services, governance, adaptive capacity
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Natural Resources Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-66913 (URN)10.1177/1473095211426274 (DOI)000302708300003 ()
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Available from: 2011-12-21 Created: 2011-12-21 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
4. Enacting Resilience: a performative account of governing for urban resilience
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Enacting Resilience: a performative account of governing for urban resilience
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Keyword
social-ecological resilience, practice, urban governance, strategic spatial planning, biodiversity, strategic environmental assessment, Melbourne, planning
National Category
Other Natural Sciences
Research subject
Natural Resources Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-78980 (URN)
Funder
Formas
Available from: 2012-08-22 Created: 2012-08-22 Last updated: 2012-08-27Bibliographically approved
5. Strategic spatial planning and the ecosystem services concept: an historical exploration
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategic spatial planning and the ecosystem services concept: an historical exploration
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Keyword
ecosystem services, urban governance, strategic spatial planning, Melbourne, Stockholm, urban ecology
National Category
Other Natural Sciences
Research subject
Natural Resources Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-78981 (URN)
Funder
Formas
Available from: 2012-08-22 Created: 2012-08-22 Last updated: 2012-08-27Bibliographically approved

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