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A2: Governance

Participants of the “Suburban Governance” Workshop in Leipzig, Germany (June / July 2011)

Team Leads: Pierre Hamel and Roger Keil

Team Members and their thematic or geographical areas:

Pierre Hamel (suburban governance in Canada)
Roger Keil (suburban governance in Canada)
Jan Nijman (USA)
Nick Phelps and Amparo Tarazona Vento (Western Europe)
Sonia Hirt (Eastern Europe)
Shubhra Gururani (South Asia)
Fulong Wu (China)
Robin Bloch (Africa)
Dirk Heinrichs with Henning Nuissl and Emilio Berrios (Latin America)
Jamie Peck (the relationship of society and space)
Sigrun Kabisch with Matthias Bernt and Dieter Rink (suburban shrinkage)

Research Context, Methods, and Goals:

Under this research project, we explore suburban governance through formal and informal markets and regulation at various urban-regional scales. This demands review of current global debates complimented by qualitative research in select locales (representative of metropolitan areas in Asia, Africa, Europe, North and Latin America). For that purpose, the research will take place in two phases.

The first one consists in the elaboration of a theoretical framework. This was directed by Hamel and Keil with the help of a graduate student. A first draft of a paper was completed by the end of November 2010.

The second phase, based on the theoretical framework, has consisted in reviewing the specific contextual literature on suburban and metropolitan governance in order to write overview chapters. In June 2011, a first draft of those chapters has been completed for the Workshop on “Suburban Governance” that took place in Leipzig, Germany between June 30 and July 3, 2011 at Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung UFZ – Leipziger KUBUS. At the workshop, the results of the literature reviews were presented and there was discussion about the next steps for the research project.

Current Activities:

A theoretical framework has been written for examining suburban governance in diverse geographical areas where suburban governance has been experience over the last 40 years. A first draft of the monographs for these areas has been completed and served as the basis for the workshop that took place in Leipzig at the end of June 2011. A book project has come out of the Leipzig workshop on suburban governance. In addition to the papers that were planned at the outset, several other papers were added to cover complementary dimensions or regions: Louise Johnson (Australia); Robert Young (institutional issues); Terry McGee (marginal suburban development); Tom Sieverts (anaesthetics).