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See detailBe constructive! Situating sustainability research at the nexus of positivism and reflective positionality
Carr, Constance UL; Hesse, Markus UL

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Sustainable development remains a powerful concept across European and global fields of policy-making. Spurred by the all-encompassing threat of climate change, the rhetoric of a great transformation ... [more ▼]

Sustainable development remains a powerful concept across European and global fields of policy-making. Spurred by the all-encompassing threat of climate change, the rhetoric of a great transformation successfully occupies current policy and practice. However, in contrast to the doom and gloom predictions, and in stark contrast to the sheer magnitude of the challenge of dealing with such complex set of problems, recent policy ideas and recipes seem trivial, and overly rationalised and optimistic. With respect to this, there are two interrelated issues that will be explored in this session. First, much of this new rationality of sustainability moults into popular labels such as ‘green’ or ‘smart’ where the city is the primary setting. This search for practical solutions in the city is further buttressed by the ‘sustainability business’ and associated green-washing practices that have emerged, as well as a variety of tools to assess, monitor, evaluate, and certify sustainability initiatives (indicators, metrics, and planning orthodoxies such as density, integrated, or holistic planning) that have become standard practice. Scholars have been active to identify the pitfalls here: Elgert & Krueger (2012) discussed the epistemology of metrics; Wiig (2015) interrogated the corporate strategy of a multi such as IBM behind ‘smart city’; Angelo & Wachsmuth (2015) criticised ‘methodological cityism’ in political ecology; Purcell (2006) showed the limits to localism; Mössner (2013) exposed socio-political limits of green cities. These criticisms highlight that there is something else to explore beyond current notions of sustainability. In this session, we explore further critiques of existing attempts, as well as conceptions of sustainability that embrace more contemporary imaginaries of urban geographies. These include critical reflections on super-optimist projects such as transition towns, or green cities (e.g. localism, methodological city-ism, green-washing in urban marketing), and thoughts on the disparity between the normative of sustainable development and current policy realities (How has this disparity changed? How is it produced? What lays outside the current lens? How has green urbanism changed over time and across places?). The second issue relates to expectations of knowledge proliferation in academia, as research communities are increasingly embedded in contradictory settings, expected to provide results and not problems, to be frank but constructive, and moreover, to be elite, excellent, income-generating as well as critical. In this respect, there is thus good reason to analyse the research-policy nexus, as Woods & Gardner (2011), Pain (2006), and Beaumont et al. (2005) have explored, examine the construction of knowledge claims as Rydin (2007) has explained, and rework some considerations with regards to rationalist modes in sustainable development and emerging sustainability modernities. We thus also want to interrogate the tensions between the construction of positivist sustainability on the one hand, and the position of the critical researcher on the other hand – the treading of the fine line between Dennis Judd’s (2005) claim that urban scholars tend to assume that “everything is always going to hell” (Judd 2005) and Elbert Hubbard’s classical “positive anything is better than negative nothing” (Hawthorne 1902). Concrete questions addressed here are: Who is producing claims to knowledge in practices of sustainable development urbanism? What are the possibilities and limitations for researchers to balance constructive interventionism with realistic limits of sustainable development and all its complexities, messy politics, wicked problems that are observed in human geography? How is it possible to pursue state-led contract work while maintaining critical integrity? What are relevant reflections the ontology, methodology and ethics of applied SD research practice? [less ▲]

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See detailSpaces: Approaches and Perspectives of Investigation
Wille, Christian UL; Hesse, Markus UL

in Wille, Christian; Reckinger, Rachel; Kmec, Sonja (Eds.) et al Spaces and Identities in Border Regions. Politics – Media – Subjects (2016)

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See detailSpaces and Identities in Border Regions. Politics – Media – Subjects
Wille, Christian UL; Reckinger, Rachel UL; Kmec, Sonja UL et al

Book published by transcript (2016)

Spatial and identity research operates with differentiations and relations. These are particularly useful heuristic tools when examining border regions where social and geopolitical demarcations diverge ... [more ▼]

Spatial and identity research operates with differentiations and relations. These are particularly useful heuristic tools when examining border regions where social and geopolitical demarcations diverge. Applying this approach, the authors of this volume investigate spatial and identity constructions in cross-border contexts as they appear in everyday, institutional and media practices. The results are discussed with a keen eye for obliquely aligned spaces and identities and relinked to governmental issues of normalization and subjectivation. The studies base upon empirical surveys conducted in Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg. [less ▲]

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See detailLanguage
Hesse, Markus UL

in DISP Dokumente und Informationen zur Schweizerischen Orts-, Regional- und Landesplanung (2015), 51(4), 4-5

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See detailTransdisciplinarity or "engaged pluralism"?
Hesse, Markus UL

in DISP Dokumente und Informationen zur Schweizerischen Orts-, Regional- und Landesplanung (2015), 51(3), 4-5

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See detailThe Science-Policy Interface
Hesse, Markus UL

in DISP Dokumente und Informationen zur Schweizerischen Orts-, Regional- und Landesplanung (2015), 51(2), 4-5

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See detailLuxembourg
Hesse, Markus UL

in DISP Dokumente und Informationen zur Schweizerischen Orts-, Regional- und Landesplanung (2015), 51(1), 54-55

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See detailThe "Newish" City
Hesse, Markus UL

in DISP Dokumente und Informationen zur Schweizerischen Orts-, Regional- und Landesplanung (2015), 51(1), 4-5

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See detailSelling the region as a hub: the promises, beliefs and contradictions of economic development strategies attracting logistics and flows
Hesse, Markus UL

in Cidell, Julie; Prytherch, David (Eds.) Transport, Mobility, and the Production of Urban Space (2015)

This chapter deals with the policy and governance dimension of logistics and freight distribution (including services such as trucking, warehousing, freight forwarding, container handling, and the like ... [more ▼]

This chapter deals with the policy and governance dimension of logistics and freight distribution (including services such as trucking, warehousing, freight forwarding, container handling, and the like), related land uses, and circulation modes. Based on case studies of two regions in the Netherlands and Belgium, it examines how such strategies are being pursued and explores the way in which logistics are discursively framed and thus communicatively constructed. The chapter views logistics as a spatial imaginary, imbued with meanings of modernity, growth, and prosperity, making promises with which local policy endeavours to get the political process going. [less ▲]

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See detailGouvernementalität - Die "Steuerung der Steuerung"
Hesse, Markus UL

Article for general public (2015)

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See detailLogistics
Hesse, Markus UL

in Richardson, Doug (Ed.) The International Encyclopaedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology (2015)

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See detailMegaurban regions – Epistemology, discourse patterns, big urban business
Hesse, Markus UL

in Harrison, John; Hoyler, Michael (Eds.) Megaregions: Globalization’s New Urban Form? (2015)

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See detailWachstum, Innovation, Metropolregionen – ein epistemologischer Turn in der Raumordnungspolitik (1993-2006ff)?
Hesse, Markus UL

in Strubelt, Wendelin; Briesen, Detlev (Eds.) Raumplanung nach 1945 - Kontinuitäten und Neuanfänge in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (2015)

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See detailEditorial: Challenges, specificities and commonalities of transport research and policy within the BENELUX countries–the case of Luxembourg
Caruso, Geoffrey UL; Gerber, Philippe; Hesse, Markus UL et al

in European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research (2015), 15(4), 501-505

In the recent years, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has emerged as a new player in research as part of a strategy to foster its knowledge for both economical and societal developments. In the transport ... [more ▼]

In the recent years, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has emerged as a new player in research as part of a strategy to foster its knowledge for both economical and societal developments. In the transport research field, the University of Luxembourg (created in 2003) with its Geography and Spatial Planning Institute (created in 2007) and its Transport Engineering group (created in 2012) joined forces with the public research institution LISER (previously CEPS-INSTEAD) to organize the 2013 Transport Research Day of the BIVEC. Looking backward to the event while preparing this editorial, we can see it actually played a kick-off role for the international diffusion of Luxembourg research on transport and related land-use issues, and was a good occasion to shed lights on Luxembourg specificities and commonalities within the Benelux, which we like to stress in this editorial. [less ▲]

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See detailRaising Sustainability
Carr, Constance UL; Becker, Tom UL; Evrard, Estelle UL et al

in Planning Theory and Practice (2015)

The contributions that follow in this issue of the Interface address some operationalisations of sustainable development that have prevailed in planning policy in recent years.

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See detailPlan ohne Land
Hesse, Markus UL

Article for general public (2014)

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See detailRetheorizing urban geography: mutual relationships between English- and German-speaking communities
Hesse, Markus UL

in Social & Cultural Geography (2014)

This paper takes a comparative look at urban geography in the German- and English-speaking academic communities, based on a critical reflection of publication activities, sub-disciplinary discourses and ... [more ▼]

This paper takes a comparative look at urban geography in the German- and English-speaking academic communities, based on a critical reflection of publication activities, sub-disciplinary discourses and conceptual developments. It is argued that Anglophone dis-courses tend to embed urban research into a broad range of conceptual and theoretical frameworks, whereas many writings in German-speaking urban geography are committed to pursuing empirical studies and applied research, thereby producing planning studies and policy recommendations; only recently, studies inspired by the cultural turn have evolved that are also addressing urban topics. In both language communities, a certain body of geo-graphical work can be detected that deals with core urban themes without evolving from a distinct ‘urban geography’ community. In this context, a mutual trans-national dialogue be-tween cultural, social, and urban geographies is considered helpful for better linking the two different language and academic communities. Accordingly, the paper provides suggestions on how to re-conceptualize urban geography at the intersections of recent debates in both language contexts by highlighting specific theoretical approaches, policy linkages, and methodologies. [less ▲]

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See detailJust "Dump and Boring", or Over? Lifecycle-Trajectories, the Credit-Crunch and the Challenge of Suburban Regeneration in the US
Hesse, Markus UL

in O'Donoghue, Daniel (Ed.) Urban Transformations: Centres, Peripheries and Systems (2014)

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