chapter  1
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Planning innovation politics and process for urban sustainability

ByGlen Searle, Sébastien Darchen

As the world becomes more and more urbanised, it is urgent to propose solutions to solve current sustainability challenges for the three arenas of sustainability: social sustainability, environmental sustainability and urban economic sustainability. This edited volume focuses on the politics of sustainability by examining the socio-political, economic and institutional context of urban sustainability innovations and how this shapes the trade-offs made between the three arenas of sustainability in the implementation of innovative solutions. As the book analyses the procedural side of sustainability it offers a new perspective on the implementation of sustainability that will be useful and attractive to both planning professionals and academics. The analysis of sustainable solutions to current challenges is centred on the concept of innovation. Innovative solutions are part of a sustainability transition process. This process is characterised by contextual factors that are city-specific. But this process, in a globalised world, can also be influenced by external factors (such as urban policies or planning models applied in other contexts) and/or the networks in which a city might be involved that facilitate the circulation of planning solutions from one context to another. The book’s structure is based on the recognition that planning solutions for sustainability cross three arenas: the social arena, the environmental arena and the urban economic arena. Finally, the book analyses to what extent planning innovations can be transferred from one context to another: we thus reference the transferability of innovations.