Controlling the Valves: Dealing with Conflict in a Transition Initiative for Public-Private Water Governance in Amsterdam

E.A. van der Heijden, B. (Barbara) C. Van Mierlo, S.J.H. Majoor, P. (Pieter) J. Beers

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Abstract

Over the past decade, municipalities in the Netherlands, as in many other cities worldwide, have often initiated and participated in multi-actor alliances to address their city’s societal and sustainability challenges. While actors’ abilities to identify and engage in potential conflict has been established as a crucial success factor in sustainability transitions, participants’ strategies for enacting such disagreements, especially in collaborative and/or consensus-oriented settings, have thus far been empirically understudied. This chapter focusses one examine one such multi-actor alliance established to explore an urban sustainability transition towards a ‘rainproof’ city: backed by a European subsidy, RESILIO aimed to upscale solutions for smart water retention on green urban roofs, a concept referred to as ‘Blue-Green’ (BG) rooftops. We aim to increase our understanding of how conflict can play a constructive role in the learning process between collaborative participants and be productive in urban sustainability transitions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Urban Transitions
Subtitle of host publicationResearch, Policy and Practice
EditorsZaheer Allam
PublisherSpringer Nature Singapore Ltd.
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

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