First Advisor

Vivek Shandas

Term of Graduation

Spring 2020

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Earth, Environment, & Society


Earth, Environment, & Society




Sustainable urban development, City planning -- Environmental aspects, Partnership, Cooperation, Cities and towns, Universities and colleges, Climatic changes



Physical Description

1 online resource (vii, 134 pages)


Climate has changed and will continue changing; city populations are swelling as urbanization continues to accelerate; extreme environmental events like heat waves and floods are becoming more severe and more common; and the climate justice movement is rapidly gaining momentum. It in this context that municipal governments find themselves urgently seeking solutions to transition cities from extractive, vulnerable, and unjust to sustainable, resilient, and equitable. The task is complex and will require systemic transformations across interconnected social, environmental, and economic infrastructures. Emerging theories regarding how to govern such massive changes suggest Transition Management strategies and the values of a just transition. Taken together, these approaches aim to build pathways from our current system to a new one, without leaving anyone behind. Unfortunately, there is little known about which strategies, processes, and practices will support the management and implementation of urban sustainability and resilience just transition agendas. Therefore, this dissertation explores the role of partnerships and collaborations as well as monitoring and evaluation in facilitating and accelerating equitable urban sustainability and resilience transformation, and concludes with the establishment of just transformative capacity.


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