Sustainability transitions and the mud they stand in

Transitions to a more sustainable society are, of course, a serious and urgent matter. Few would disagree. What received less attention is the way the governance systems supposed to steer transitions are themselves marked by their material environment, Infrastructures in the present, soils, climates and ecological abundances in the past, even the buildings and landscapes where decisions are taken, can all affect the way governance now functions, and the ways it can understand and organize the physical environment. Forgetting these material embeddings of governance is bad news for any transition attempt.

Special issue of Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning:, guest edited by Kristof Van Assche, Martijn Duineveld, Monica Gruezmacher, Raoul Beunen and Vladislav Valentinov:

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