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Governing carbon in the Australian city: Local government responses

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Abstract


  • Mitigating and adapting to future changes in climate in the context of urban growth has

    focused the attention of Australian governments, planners, business and community interests alike. In

    this landscape we see a proliferation of frameworks and initiative

    s for governing carbon, from

    Australian state and local governments as well as a wide array of other actors including the private

    and not-for-profit sectors. Currently no clear picture of their architecture or workings exists. In this

    paper we use urban local governments - a central actor in these frameworks - as an entry point.

    Drawing on recent research aimed to document urban carbon governance across Australia’s capital

    cities -

    in particular, an audit of carbon reduction initiatives across government, business and

    community actors at the urban scale - we explore urban local governments as sites of climate change

    response and experimentation. Our analysis reveals the existence of both conventional and

    experimental actions - assessment techniques, technologies of go

    vernance and forms of social

    organization - operating at local and extra-local scales. Moreover, the networks assembled to produce

    this climate governance capacity involve similarly conventional

    and

    experimental actors, practices and

    scales. This complex amalgam of conventional and experimental, we suggest, will shape Australian

    city futures.

UOW Authors


  •   Dowling, Robyn (external author)
  •   McGuirk, Pauline
  •   Bulkeley, Harriet (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Dowling, R., McGuirk, P. & Bulkeley, H. (2013). Governing carbon in the Australian city: Local government responses. In K. Ruming, B. Randolph & N. Gurran (Eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings (pp. 1-12). State of Australian Cities Research Network.

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Abstract


  • Mitigating and adapting to future changes in climate in the context of urban growth has

    focused the attention of Australian governments, planners, business and community interests alike. In

    this landscape we see a proliferation of frameworks and initiative

    s for governing carbon, from

    Australian state and local governments as well as a wide array of other actors including the private

    and not-for-profit sectors. Currently no clear picture of their architecture or workings exists. In this

    paper we use urban local governments - a central actor in these frameworks - as an entry point.

    Drawing on recent research aimed to document urban carbon governance across Australia’s capital

    cities -

    in particular, an audit of carbon reduction initiatives across government, business and

    community actors at the urban scale - we explore urban local governments as sites of climate change

    response and experimentation. Our analysis reveals the existence of both conventional and

    experimental actions - assessment techniques, technologies of go

    vernance and forms of social

    organization - operating at local and extra-local scales. Moreover, the networks assembled to produce

    this climate governance capacity involve similarly conventional

    and

    experimental actors, practices and

    scales. This complex amalgam of conventional and experimental, we suggest, will shape Australian

    city futures.

UOW Authors


  •   Dowling, Robyn (external author)
  •   McGuirk, Pauline
  •   Bulkeley, Harriet (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Dowling, R., McGuirk, P. & Bulkeley, H. (2013). Governing carbon in the Australian city: Local government responses. In K. Ruming, B. Randolph & N. Gurran (Eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings (pp. 1-12). State of Australian Cities Research Network.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3342&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2341

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  • 1

End Page


  • 12