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Urban Transformations

Sustainable Urban Development Through Resource Efficiency, Quality of Life and Resilience

  • Sigrun Kabisch
  • Florian Koch
  • Erik Gawel
  • Annegret Haase
  • Sonja Knapp
  • Kerstin Krellenberg
  • Jaime Nivala
  • Andreas Zehnsdorf


  • The book contains contributions on technical and social and environmental solutions for implementing urban transformations. A benefit for the audience is easy access to research which has been realized in a broad array of disciplines and to widen the view on possible paths for sustainable urban transformations. The book contains three major parts besides the introduction and the outlook/reflection section

  • The book provides a well elaborated and deliberately framed understanding of urban transformations. Each of the three mentioned parts of the book deals with one of the main conceptual approaches which we perceive pivotal for our understanding of urban transformation – resource efficiency, resilience and quality of life. All chapters within one part closely relate to the respective conceptual frame. This leads to a high coherence between the articles of each chapter and allows the reader to get more comprehensive insights on the three parts resource ee communication across disciplinary boundaries visible and accessible for the reader

  • fficiency, resilience and quality of life

  • The book contains a mix of different case studies, theoretical works, as well as shorter articles which all deal with recent issues of urban transformations. This mix of contributions is carefully edited and contributes to a complex, yet straight-forward understanding of urban transformations. Therefore, the customer gets not only individual research results on urban environmental issues but also the result of interdisciplinary discussions and a conceptualization of urban transformations

  • This book presents interdisciplinary urban-environmental work in a specific way. Interdisciplinarity is provided by the chapters in different ways – be it through direct co-authorship of social and natural as well as technical scholars or through the deliberate hints towards anchor points of a chapter’s results for an interdisciplinary context. In doing so, the book combines different ways to mak


Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Conceptual Approaches of Sustainable Urban Transformations

  3. Urban Resources and Governance

  4. Quality of Life and Ecosystem services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-234
    2. Sigrun Kabisch, Maximilian Ueberham, Uwe Schlink, Daniel Hertel, Abdelrhman Mohamdeen
      Pages 235-255
    3. Ellen Banzhaf, Sonia M. Reyes-Paecke, Francisco de la Barrera
      Pages 281-300
    4. Sonja Knapp, Dagmar Haase, Stefan Klotz, Nina Schwarz
      Pages 301-312

About this book


The book addresses urban transformations towards sustainability in light of challenges of global urbanization processes and the consequences of global environmental change. The aim is to show that urban transformations only succeed if both innovative scientific solutions and practice-oriented governance approaches are developed. This assumption is addressed by providing theoretical insights and empirical evidence pointing particularly at 3 concepts or qualities which are determined here as being central for achieving urban sustainability: resource efficiency, quality of life and resilience. Urban case studies from several international research projects illustrate our conceptual approach of urban transformations towards sustainable development. Thus, the book reaches far beyond a mere additive description of single case studies. It incorporates the results of condensed synthesis, resulting from comparisons and evaluations. It provides, based on cross-cutting reflection of single cases and different scales and methods of analysis, general and transferable findings. They do not only consider the scientific sphere but deliberately go beyond it discussing transferability of knowledge into practice, governance options and the feasibility of policy strategies in order to pave the way for sustainable urban transformations to happen today and in the future.


Sustainability Transformations Cities Resource Efficience Resilience Climate change Biodiversity

Editors and affiliations

  • Sigrun Kabisch
    • 1
  • Florian Koch
    • 2
  • Erik Gawel
    • 3
  • Annegret Haase
    • 4
  • Sonja Knapp
    • 5
  • Kerstin Krellenberg
    • 6
  • Jaime Nivala
    • 7
  • Andreas Zehnsdorf
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of Urban and Environment SociologyHelmholtz Centre for Environment Research-UFZLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Department of Urban and Environment SociologyHelmholtz Centre for Environment Research-UFZLeipzigGermany
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsHelmholtz Centre for Environment Research-UFZLeipzigGermany
  4. 4.Department of Urban and Environment SociologyHelmholtz Centre for Environment Research-UFZLeipzigGermany
  5. 5.Department of Community EcologyHelmholtz Centre for Environment Research-UFZHalle (Saale)Germany
  6. 6.Department of Urban and Environment SociologyHelmholtz Centre for Environment Research-UFZLeipzigGermany
  7. 7.Centre for Environmental BiotechnologyHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZLeipzigGermany
  8. 8.Centre for Environmental BiotechnologyHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZLeipzigGermany

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