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CET Virtual Lunch Seminar

Place-based experimentation in sustainability transitions: insights from urban Australia

CET is excited to announce this CET Virtual Lunch Seminar with Lars Coenen, Professor in Innovation and Sustainability Transitions at the Mohn Centre for Innovation and Regional Development at HVL.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CET Lunch seminars are currently online.
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Increasingly various forms of ‘experimentation’ are put to practice by mainstream urban policy and practice to address wicked problems of sustainability and resilience.  Experiments are supposed to enable and scale innovation, test new cross-sectoral partnerships and forms of coordination to reshape and renew urban policy processes. There is considerable interpretative flexibility across literatures what such experimentalism entails and how experimentation should be organized by cities and local governments. This talk will draw on the implementation of the Resilient Melbourne strategy, as part of their membership in the 100 Resilient Cities initiative, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. It will reflect on the experimental delivery of this strategy and identify some of the heroic assumptions that underpin experimentation as a modus operandi in governing urban sustainability transitions. 

About the speaker

Lars Coenen is Professor in Innovation and Sustainability Transitions at the Mohn Centre for Innovation and Regional Development at HVL. He is an economic geographer and scholar in innovation studies. Lars is well-known internationally for his work on regional and urban innovation and, in particular, his pioneering research on the geography of environmental innovation and sustainability transitions. He is author of more than 60 scientific papers published in leading international journals such as Research Policy, Environment and Planning A and Economic Geography. His work has had considerable scientific impact with over 11.000 citations in Scholar Google. Previously, Lars was full professor at CIRCLE, the Centre for Innovation Research at Lund University, where he was heading up a research group dealing with innovation and sustainability transitions. From 2017-2020 he has been the inaugural ‘City of Melbourne Chair of Resilient Cities’, at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute of the University of Melbourne, Australia.