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Policy Brief No.5 FACILITATING THE GOVERNANCE OF URBAN SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE TRANSITIONS WITH KNOWLEDGE-ACTION SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

Dec 24, 2018

Tischa A. Mu?oz-Erickson


Key messages


1. Transition governance models are needed to help cities address sustainabiliy and resilience challenges through collaborative, integrative, and multi-actor network approaches. 



2. Governance innovations require that we understand where are we starting from (e.g., how existing institutional conditions work) and where are potential leverage points for innovations and change in governance. 




3. KASA is a systems-based framework to help map current governance networks, evaluate the extent that the structure, social preferences, and knowledge systems of these networks enable or constrain transitions, and identify leverage points or interventions for change.




4. The application of KASA in San Juan, Puerto Rico, revealed that a diverse network of organizations existed, including civic organizations, but there were sites in the network that could pose barriers to transitions, and therefore need institutional innovation.




5. Beyond merely analyzing governance structures, the KASA approach allows an examination of how cities think – what different governance actors know about the city, how they know and experience the city, and how they envision the city.



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