Demystifying governance and its role for transitions in urban social-ecological systems

Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson, Lindsay K. Campbell, Daniel Childers, J. Morgan Grove, David M. Iwaniec, Steward T A Pickett, Michele Romolini, Erika S. Svendsen

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Abstract

Governance is key to sustainable urban transitions. Governance is a system of social, power, and decision-making processes that acts as a key driver of resource allocation and use, yet ecologists- even urban ecologists-seldom consider governance concepts in their work. Transitions to more sustainable futures are becoming increasingly important to the management of many ecosystems and landscapes, and particularly so for urban systems. We briefly identify and synthesize important governance dimensions of urban sustainability transitions, using illustrations from cities in which long-Term social-ecological governance research is underway. This article concludes with a call to ecologists who are interested in environmental stewardship, and to urban ecologists in particular, to consider the role of governance as a driver in the dynamics of the systems they study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1564
JournalEcosphere
Volume7
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Governance
  • Power
  • Social networks
  • Social-ecological systems
  • Sustainability transitions
  • Urban

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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Muñoz-Erickson, T. A., Campbell, L. K., Childers, D., Grove, J. M., Iwaniec, D. M., Pickett, S. T. A., ... Svendsen, E. S. (2016). Demystifying governance and its role for transitions in urban social-ecological systems. Ecosphere, 7(11), [1564]. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.1564

Demystifying governance and its role for transitions in urban social-ecological systems. / Muñoz-Erickson, Tischa A.; Campbell, Lindsay K.; Childers, Daniel; Grove, J. Morgan; Iwaniec, David M.; Pickett, Steward T A; Romolini, Michele; Svendsen, Erika S.

In: Ecosphere, Vol. 7, No. 11, 1564, 01.11.2016.

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Muñoz-Erickson, TA, Campbell, LK, Childers, D, Grove, JM, Iwaniec, DM, Pickett, STA, Romolini, M & Svendsen, ES 2016, 'Demystifying governance and its role for transitions in urban social-ecological systems', Ecosphere, vol. 7, no. 11, 1564. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.1564
Muñoz-Erickson TA, Campbell LK, Childers D, Grove JM, Iwaniec DM, Pickett STA et al. Demystifying governance and its role for transitions in urban social-ecological systems. Ecosphere. 2016 Nov 1;7(11). 1564. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.1564
Muñoz-Erickson, Tischa A. ; Campbell, Lindsay K. ; Childers, Daniel ; Grove, J. Morgan ; Iwaniec, David M. ; Pickett, Steward T A ; Romolini, Michele ; Svendsen, Erika S. / Demystifying governance and its role for transitions in urban social-ecological systems. In: Ecosphere. 2016 ; Vol. 7, No. 11.
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