Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. Reporting on the innovative, transdisciplinary research on sustainable urbanisation undertaken by Mistra Urban Futures, a highly influential research centre based in Sweden (2010-19), this book builds on the Policy Press title Rethinking Sustainable Cities to make a significant contribution to evolving theory about comparative urban research.
Highlighting important methodological experiences from across a variety of diverse contexts in Africa and Europe, this book surveys key experiences and summarises lessons learned from the Mistra Urban Futures' global research platforms. It demonstrates best practice for developing and deploying different forms of transdisciplinary co-production, covering topics including neighbourhood transformation and housing justice, sustainable urban and transport development, urban food security and cultural heritage.
"This book provides a compelling and detailed example of how more encompassing accounts of urban sustainability might be co-produced across disciplines and places through comparative methodologies and methods." Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography
“The authors show how learning through co-production and across differences can inform locally relevant directions for social justice in cities, and generate new possibilities in conversation with, and for, other places.” Colin McFarlane, Durham University
“This book is packed with insightful information on how knowledge co-production actually works in the most diverse cities across the Global North and the Global South.” Patricia Romero Lankao, NREL, Transforming Energy
David Simon is Professor of Development Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London and former Director of Mistra Urban Futures.
Henrietta Palmer is an architect and researcher and former Deputy Scientific Director of Mistra Urban Futures.
Jan Riise is at the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV) and former Engagement Manager at Mistra Urban Futures.
Introduction: from unilocal to comparative transdisciplinary urban co-production of knowledge ~ David Simon, Henrietta Palmer and Jan Riise;
From unilocal to comparative research: the Mistra Urban Futures journey ~ David Simon, Henrietta Palmer, Jan Riise and Warren Smit;
Local projects retrofitted ~ Michael Oloko and Barry Ness;
Replicating projects for comparative research: Mistra Urban Futures’ experiences with comparative work on knowledge exchange, food and transport ~ Warren Smit, Elma Durakovic, Rike Sitas, Magnus Johansson, Gareth Haysom, Mirek Dymitrow, Karin Ingelhag and Shelley Kotze;
Clustering and assemblage building ~ Henrietta Palmer, Erica Righard and Nils Björling, with Eva Maria Jernsand, Helena Kraff and Lillian Omondi;
Internationally initiated projects with local co-production: Urban Sustainable Development Goal project ~ Sandra C. Valencia, David Simon, Sylvia Croese, Katherine Diprose, Joakim Nordqvist, Michael Oloko, Tarun Sharma and Ileana Versace;
Participatory cities from the ‘outside-in’: The value of comparative learning ~ Beth Perry and Bert Russell;
Assessment: learning between theory and practice ~ David Simon, Henrietta Palmer and Jan Riise.