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Organising for Co-Production: Local Interaction Platforms for Urban Sustainability

Journal article
Authors B Perry
Z Patel
Ylva Norén Bretzer
Merritt Polk
Published in Politics and Governance
Volume 6
Issue 1
Pages 189-198
ISSN 2183-2463
Publication year 2018
Published at School of Public Administration
School of Global Studies
Pages 189-198
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.17645/pag.v6i1.1228
Keywords boundary spaces; co-production; collaborative governance; hybridization; local interaction platforms; Mistra Urban Futures; transdisciplinarity; urban experimentation; urban sustainability
Subject categories Human Geography, Other Social Sciences, Public Administration Studies

Abstract

Urban sustainability is a wicked issue unsuited to management through traditional decision-making structures. Co-productive arrangements, spaces and processes are inscribed in new organisational forms to bridge between diverse forms of knowledge and expertise. This article suggests that local interaction platforms (LIPs) are innovative responses to these challenges, developed in two African and two European cities between 2010 and 2014. Through elaborating the design and practice of the LIPs, the article concludes that the value of this approach lies in its context-sensitivity and iterative flexibility to articulate between internationally shared challenges and distinctive local practices. Six necessary conditions for the evolution of LIPs are presented: anchorage, co-constitution, context-sensitivity, alignment, connection and shared functions. In the context of increased uncertainty, complexity and the demand for transdisciplinary knowledge production, the platform concept has wider relevance in surfacing the challenges and possibilities for more adaptive urban governance.

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