Book Partnerships for livable cities

Book Partnerships for livable cities

Due to urbanization processes the world’s cities are becoming congested and polluted, affordable housing is under pressure, and safety is becoming a major problem. This makes the livability of our cities a topic of increasing relevance and urgency. In order to keep cities livable, urban governments seek cooperation with other governments, companies, civil society organizations, and citizens. In this book we want to explore how partnerships between public and private actors contribute to the livability of cities. Under which conditions are partnerships successful, and when do they contribute to the desired results? To find an answer to these questions we discuss examples of smart and innovative forms of collaboration and interaction between public and private actors in concrete practices in cities all over the world.

The central question in this book is: How do partnerships between public and private actors contribute to the livability of cities and what can be learned from innovative and/or successful projects?

In this book we focus on three elements of livability:

‘green in the city’, such as parks, pedestrian areas, roof top gardens etc.

‘safety in the city’, such as smart tools for prevention and detection, gated communities or joint public-private neighborhood guards

– ‘affordable housing in the city’, such as social housing or cheap removable and temporary housing

With the book we want to offer both scientists and practitioners helpful insights in practices of partnerships and in the ways in which partnerships can contribute to a more livable urban environment. The book will be by Palgrave in one of its series.

Cor van Montfort: c.j.vanmontfort@tilburguniversity.edu

Ank Michels: a.m.b.michels@uu.nl

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