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Governing the Metropolis: An International Review of Metropolitanisation, Metropolitan Governance and the Relationship with Sustainable Land Management

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andy Pike



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© 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.Recent research has identified the potential of the metropolitan scale, and indeed metropolitan bodies, in achieving greater coordination and more effective land-use management. In this paper, we have undertaken a systematic scoping review of the English-language literature (2014–2019) on metropolitanisation and metropolitan governance, with a view to understanding the potential relationship with more sustainable land management. Our scoping review identified several dominant trends within current research on metropolitanisation and metropolitan governance illustrating the complexity between sustainable land management and issues of territorial politics, resourcing, and power relations. The centrality of collaborative working relationships in supporting sustainable land management is identified, yet collaboration and effective metropolitan scale governance is not always an easy task or readily implemented. The paper identifies a series of challenges and concludes that while there is general consensus that the metropolitan arena may be an appropriate scale through which to support more sustainable land management, there is no agreement on the mechanisms to enable this. Steering and more strongly directing metropolitanisation processes through either formal metropolitan governance structures or other tools could provide a potential approach but will require significant adaptation in power and funding structures.

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Author(s): Moore-Cherry N, Kayanan CM, Tomaney J, Pike A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Land

Year: 2022

Volume: 11

Issue: 5

Online publication date: 23/05/2022

Acceptance date: 19/05/2022

Date deposited: 13/06/2022

ISSN (electronic): 2073-445X

Publisher: MDPI


DOI: 10.3390/land11050761


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