Governing Climate Change in Complex Urban Settings: Resilience through social innovation in Salon 10
15:15 - 16:45
The session explores the kinds of engagements, relationships and social innovations needed to further understand and strengthen climate resilience in cities, especially those grappling with inequality and marginalization. Drawing on experiences from the cities of Aberdeen, Bristol, Cape Town, Durban, Harare, Iwaki, Long Beach, Lusaka, São Paulo, Victoria, Windhoek and Yubari, the session discusses key features of the urban climate governance and social innovation research frontier. Research challenges and gaps elaborated through the session contributions include: value-based identities, motivations, power and politics; hybrid positionalities; knowledge co-production; social mobilisation; collective action; and translating the concept of transformation into practice in the climate change arena. The notion of ‘boundary spanning’ is used as a framing device to talk across and relate between the research and practices being presented in this session. Boundary spanning entails communicating, engaging and acting across organisations and social groupings to addressing complex problems in innovative ways. It requires understanding and navigating different values, motivations, interests, roles and power differences to foster alliances and collaborative actions across organizational and societal boundaries to address climate change in cities.