Urban Sustainability Transitions

Australian Cases- International Perspectives

  • Trivess Moore
  • Fjalar de Haan
  • Ralph Horne
  • Brendan James Gleeson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Part I

  3. Part II

  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Rebekah R. Brown, Briony C. Rogers, Lara Werbeloff
      Pages 129-148
    3. Peter W. Newton
      Pages 149-171
    4. Samuel Alexander, Jonathan Rutherford
      Pages 173-189
  5. Part IV

  6. Part V

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Ralph Horne, Trivess Moore, Fjalar de Haan, Brendan James Gleeson
      Pages 253-257
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 259-260

About this book


This book contributes to current debates regarding purposive transitions to sustainable cities, providing an accessible but critical exploration of sustainability transitions in urban settings. We have now entered the urban century, which is not without its own challenges, as discussed in the preceding book of this series. Urbanization is accompanied by a myriad of complex and overlapping environmental, social and governance challenges – which increasingly call into question conventional, market-based responses and simple top-down government interventions. Faced with these challenges, urban practitioners and scholars alike are interested in promoting purposive transitions to sustainable cities.

The chapters in this volume contribute to the growing body of literature on city-scale transformative change, which seeks to address a lack of consideration for spatial and urban governance dimensions in sustainability transitions studies, and expand on the basis established in the preceding book. Drawing on a range of perspectives and written by leading Australian and international urban researchers, the chapters explore contemporary cases from Australia and locate them within the international context.  

Australia is on the one hand representative of many OECD countries, while on the other possessing a number of unique attributes that may serve to highlight issues and potentials internationally. Australia is a highly urbanized country and because of the federal political structure and the large distances, the five largest state-capital cities have a relatively high degree of autonomy in governance – even dominating the rest of their respective states and rural hinterlands to a certain extent. This context suggests that Australian cases can provide interesting “test-tube” perspectives on processes relevant to urban sustainability transitions worldwide. This volume presents an extensive overview of theories, concepts, approaches and practical examples informed by sustainability transitions thinking, offering a unique resource for all urban practitioners and scholars who want to understand and transition to sustainable urban futures.


Urban governance Purposeful transitions Spatial dimensions Governing urban transitions Australian cities

Editors and affiliations

  • Trivess Moore
    • 1
  • Fjalar de Haan
    • 2
  • Ralph Horne
    • 3
  • Brendan James Gleeson
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Property, Construction and Project ManagementRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and Melbourne School of DesignThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.College of Design and Social ContextRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  4. 4.Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and Melbourne School of DesignThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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