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Environmental scenarios and local-global level of communityengagement: Environmental justice, jams, institutions and innovation
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science and Technology.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Environmental Strategies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3101-5902
SLU Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, The Department of Urban and Rural Development.
2011 (English)In: Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies, ISSN 0016-3287, E-ISSN 1873-6378, Vol. 43, no 4, 413-423 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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National climate change policy currently operates on a continuum from the local community to the supra-national level. These initiatives include local deliberative processes of low-carbon futures as well as local-global interactions in ‘eco-innovation jam’ dialogues carried out in a virtual space, but founded on communicating with local stakeholder groups. Experiences from national processes and international examples of these structured dialogues of community engagement raise important questions of environmental justice and deliberative processes that facilitate participation by some groups, but perhaps also neglect others. This is particularly relevant since the environmental justice discourse traditionally frames environmental concerns in a place-bound manner that includes local responses to environmental questions. In this paper we argue the importance of local and global forums and deliberative processes for community engagement in order to incorporate stakeholders’ perceptions of future options for low-carbon living, travelling and consuming services and products. Important policy transformations in planning for low-carbon societies are outlined and results from cases are discussed. We conclude with three remarks about the importance of citizen participation for understanding local conditions for change, processes of localized internationalization, and new roles for nation states facing the climate change challenge. We also recognise the importance of the local and global level of deliberative processes targeting sustainable urban futures.

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Elsevier , 2011. Vol. 43, no 4, 413-423 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-33673DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2011.01.007ISI: 000290118900006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-79953162951OAI: diva2:416986
QC 20110615Available from: 2011-05-13 Created: 2011-05-13 Last updated: 2011-06-15Bibliographically approved

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