Open Mumbai: how PK Das set out to map the city’s slums

Originally posted on: The 2014-34 Mumbai Development Plan shows, for the first time, a recognition of the needs of slum dwellers in the city’s planning processes. This shift was inspired by the groundbreaking work of Mumbai-based architect PK Das. For a long time, it was unknown how many urban poor were living in Mumbai,... Continue Reading →

Politicians, be Brave! How to Transition Towards Urban Resilience

In this blog post on the Edward Elgar blog I discuss my latest book Governance for Urban Sustainability and Resilience.

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Cities and other urban environments play a key role in a global response to climate change. Unfortunately, it appears extremely complicated to govern the transition towards urban sustainability and resilience. Dr Jeroen van der Heijden discusses both governance barriers and their solutions, arguing that while there are sufficient traditional and innovative governance tools available to guide a transformation towards urban sustainability and resilience, policy-makers have to be brave and start mandating these.

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Why I have been so quiet lately…

I have been awfully quiet over the last two months on this blog. That’s not because nothing has happened, but more because almost too much has happened. On 31 August I started a big trip to and through Europe to give a number of lectures and attend a number of workshops, and spend some time... Continue Reading →

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