Led by Dr. Heike Schroeder and Dr. Sarah Burch at the University of Oxford' ;s Environmental Change Institute, the Novel Multi-sector Networks and Entrepreneurship (NMNE) project theorizes small businesses as agents of change in the multi-level governance of climate change, and cities as niche spaces in which sustainable development paths might be explored.
Using the cases of Metro Vancouver, Canada, and London, UK, this work examines the drivers of emerging partnerships between various levels of government and small businesses in the interests of climate change mitigation. Rooted in an understanding of multi-level governance, and the role of non-state actors (such as municipal governments and the private sector) in climate change action, the aim of this work is to facilitate a greater understanding of socio-technical transitions toward resilient, low-carbon development pathways in cities. We ask the following questions: what are the political and legislative triggers of these emerging private/public sector partnerships? How can these arrangements help to manage or alter institutional path dependence in cities? What is the long term potential for ongoing partnerships, entrepreneurship in support of greenhouse gas management, and ultimately the mitigation of climate change? How feasible might it be for this model to extend beyond mitigation to climate change adaptation and sustainability more broadly?
Duration: July 2010 - June 2012