Now accepting book proposals on urban sustainability transitions

11 June, 2020

Want your research on urban sustainability transitions to be read from cover to cover? DRIFT is now looking for book proposals for its Springer book series.
Do you have an interesting take on urban sustainability transitions? Can you provide new conceptual insights as well as rich case studies? And are these relevant for both urban planners, professionals and practitioners as well as scholars?
Then you should consider publishing your insights as part of our Springer book series Theory and Practice of Urban Sustainability Transitions. With this series, we intend to collectively explore the different dynamics, challenges, and breakthroughs for sustainability transitions in urban areas across the globe. Previous volumes explored governance aspects of these transitions in Europe and Asia, nature-based urban solutions for climate change adaptation and the Australian dynamics in urban sustainability transitions.
What we are looking for
Along with our co-editors from the University of Tokyo, we hope to find as many different and diverse stories, visions, experiments, and creative actors as there are cities: from metropolis to country town, from inner city districts to suburbs, from developed to developing, from monocultural to diverse, and from hierarchical to egalitarian.
Transition dynamics include locked-in regimes challenged by changing contexts, ecological stress and societal pressure but also by emerging innovations driven by entrepreneurial networks, creative communities and proactive administrators. Coalitions develop across different actor groups that diffuse new practices and help exponential growth of sustainable technologies. And let’s not forget the resistance by vested interests and the path-dependency of sunken costs, uncertainties about the future, political instabilities, and the erosion of social services and systems of provision.
Bridging divides
This series seeks to bridge urban and transition perspectives, conceptual and empirical contributions, and structural and practical insights. Books should provide scholars with state-of-the-art theoretical developments applied to the context of cities. Equally important, they should offer urban planners, professionals, and practitioners interested or engaged in strategic interventions to accelerate and guide urban sustainability transition frameworks for understanding and dealing with on-going developments, methods, and instruments.
Ways forward for urban sustainability transitions
How do cities address the sustainability challenges they face by not returning to old patterns but by searching for new and innovative methods and instruments that are based on shared principles of a transitions approach?
Based on concrete experiences, state-of-the-art research, and ongoing practices, contributions to the book series provide rich insights, concrete and inspiring cases as well as practical methods, tools, theories, and recommendations. The book series, informed by transition thinking as it was developed in the last decade in Europe, aims to describe, analyse, and support the quest of cities around the globe to accelerate and stimulate such a transition to sustainability.
Checklist: Are you in?
If your work can provide the following, we would love to receive your book proposal:

  • Provide theory, case studies, and contextualized tools for the governance of urban transitions worldwide
  • Provide a necessary and timely reflection on current practices of how transition governance is and can be applied in urban contexts worldwide
  • Further the theorizing and conceptual tools relating to an understanding of urban sustainability transitions
  • Provide best practices of cities across countries and different kinds of cities as well as across policy domains in shaping their city’s path towards sustainability

Yes? Get in touch:
If you are interested in proposing a volume in this series, please get in touch with DRIFTers Derk Loorbach and Julia Wittmayer to explore the possibilities. More information can be found here.