Knowledge for just urban sustainability

May, T., & Perry, B. (2016). Knowledge for just urban sustainability. Local Environment, 22(sup1), 23–35. doi:10.1080/13549839.2016.1233527

Platform
Sheffield-Manchester Global
Publication type
Scientific article (peer-reviewed)
Projects
Governance and Policy for Sustainability, GAPS
DOI Title
Knowledge for just urban sustainability
Journal
Local Environment
ISSN/ISBN
1354-9839 1469-6711
DOI
10.1080/13549839.2016.1233527
Author(s)
Tim May Beth Perry
Published date
Subject
Geography, Planning and Development Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

 

Abstract

The article examines the conditions required for producing knowledge for just urban sustainability. It highlights a need to review the current social organisation of knowledge within cities and the implications for academic practice – in other words, whose interests are being served? Whose knowledge claims are being supported and justified? The article considers how the knowledge practices of cities and universities often exacerbate urban problems that are perpetuated by a limited imaginary and selectivity. It is argued that a gap exists between the content of knowledge and the context of its application. What is required are new ways of practising collaborative research that do not compromise critique, but open it up to engagement with forms of knowledge that are currently excluded from the representations and categorisations that constitute dominant practices. By bringing the “what” and “how” of knowledge together in a process of active intermediation, it is possible to contribute to more just, sustainable urban futures for the many, not the few.