B) Bridging Institutional Logics

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The ambition

This governance ambition is about enabling different urban actors, from governments, civil society or enterprises to better co-operate for sustainability and justice in their cities.

Relation to previous work in UrbanA

This governance ambition relates to the following approach:

  • Co-learning and knowledge brokerage. It is an approach implemented in cities with the objective to facilitate the circulation of ideas, understandings and cutting-edge research between a diverse variety of actors in society.

It aims to address the following drivers of injustice:

  • Unfit institutional structures. This driver refers to those aspects or functions of organizations, public offices, administrations and authorities that deal with urban governance and stand in the way of achieving just outcomes in urban sustainability.
  • Lack of effective knowledge brokerage and stewardship opportunities. This driver refers to the ways in which (access to) useful information and know-how around sustainable urban interventions and their benefits is not shared effectively or equally among disciplines, sectors or social groups, and thus constrain the potential for

both sustainability and justice.

  • Weak(ened) civil society. This driver refers to the ways in which collective civic groups that share common interests (other than the state, the market, or the family) are either not constituted and impactful enough to influence and benefit from sustainability efforts or are indeed constrained by interventions that carry sustainability objectives.

How could it work?

bridging institutional logics could consist of creating organizational structures and rules that support cooperation across different logics of governments, citizens or enterprises.

For instance, knowledge brokerages could be used to foster mutual understanding or helping actors or social groups to identify a jointly held concern. Such structures or rules could try to ensure that policies are developed jointly.

Check out examples

Take a look at the detailed Co-creation of a sustainable neighborhood in Freiburg.

Check out the brief governance scenario called Envisioning and co-creating sustainable urban neighborhoods by reaching across institutional boundaries.


How can people from governments, civil society and enterprises be enabled to better co-operate for sustainability and justice in their cities?