Call for papers « Exploring urban models and policy transfer: the legacy of European Green Capitals »

Call for papers « Exploring urban models and policy transfer: the legacy of European Green Capitals »

The meeting is supported by : Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes, Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and Association pour la Promotion de l’Enseignement et de la Recherche en Aménagement-Urbanisme (APERAU)

Deadline : 1er septembre 2016

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Abstract : Nantes has been chosen as the location for the Autumn 2016 seminar as it is a very active city on the European urban scene; the mayor of Nantes for example, currently chairs Eurocities. In the French context, Nantes is often seen by other cities and even by the State as a ‘model’ regarding public transport, brownfield reuse, social mixity, or urban regeneration through arts and culture (Devisme, 2009; Roy and Nicolas, 2015).
In this context, we wish to analyze the circulation of urban policy models and “best practices”. This theme was already explored in the case of Nantes and other cities (Devisme and Dumont, 2011) and it will be the central topic of a series of workshops organised by Laurent Devisme and Renaud Epstein at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Ange Guépin in 2016 and 2017. In a recent paper, Béal, Epstein and Pinson (2015) argue that the increasing mobility of practices, knowledge and initiatives in urban policies cannot be explained only by the local and transnational dynamics of urban policy-making. In the case of France, they point at the restructuring of the State, in which the State strengthens its capacity to steer at a distance urban policies, while accompanying the rise in power of ‘métropoles’. Can we witness a similar process in Great Britain? What does it imply for national and local efforts to adapt the urban systems to climate change?


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