We are pleased to invite you to contribute to a Special Issue on “Governance Mixes for Sustainable Peri-Urbanization” in the journal Sustainability. Peri-urban landscapes are transition territories connecting cities with their surrounding environment, where urban, rural, and natural or semi-natural characteristics are mixed. Peri-urban landscapes often result from unsustainable and partially un-regulated processes threatening the functionality of ecosystems and the provision of related services. However, such complex landscapes can also be seen as an opportunity for governance experimentation and thus for new governance mixes to emerge.
With this Special Issue, we aim to investigate governance mixes oriented towards a more sustainable development of peri-urban landscapes, i.e. mixes of multiple governance approaches combining top-down and bottom-up processes and involving a wide range of actors at different administrative levels. We welcome contributions that address case studies, exemplary applications, theoretical frameworks and perspectives, as well as proposals of innovative planning processes, methods, and tools.
The papers submission is open until 31 December 2020. Papers will be published as soon as accepted and will be listed together on the Special Issue website.