Shaping Urban Infrastructures: Intermediaries and the Governance of Socio-Technical Networks

Shaping Urban Infrastructures: Intermediaries and the Governance of Socio-Technical Networks

by Simon Guy
     
 

Cities can only exist because of the highly developed systems which underlie them, ensuring that energy, clean water, etc. are moved efficiently from producer to user, and that waste is removed. The urgent need to make the way that these services are provided more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable means that these systems are in a state of

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Cities can only exist because of the highly developed systems which underlie them, ensuring that energy, clean water, etc. are moved efficiently from producer to user, and that waste is removed. The urgent need to make the way that these services are provided more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable means that these systems are in a state of transition; from centralized to decentralized energy; from passive to smart infrastructure; from toll-free to road pricing. Such transitions are widely studied in the context of the influence of service providers, users, and regulators.

Until now, however, relatively little attention has been given to the growing role of intermediaries in these systems. These consist of institutions and organizations acting in-between production and consumption, for example; NGOs who develop green energy labelling schemes in collaboration with producers and regulators to guide the user; consultants who advise businesses on how to save resources; and travel agents who match users with providers. Such intermediaries are in a position to shape the direction that technological transitions take, and ultimately the sustainability of urban networks.

This book presents the first authoritative collection of research and analysis of the intermediaries that underpin the transitions that are taking place within urban infrastructures, showing how intermediaries emerge, the role that they play in key sectors - including energy, water, waste and building - and what impact they have on the governance of urban socio-technical networks.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849710688
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Edition description:
1
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

About the Contributors

Preface

1. Intermediaries and the Reconfiguration of Urban Infrastructures - An Introduction

Part I: Conceptual Framework: Governance, Transitions and Cities

Introduction

2. Intermediaries and the Governance of Urban Infrastructures in Transition

3. Systemic Intermediaries and Transition Processes

4. Cities Mediating Technological Transitions

Part II: Intermediaries in Network Transitions

Introduction

5. Constructing Markets for Green Electricity: the 'Soft Power' of Intermediaries in Transforming Energy Systems

6. An Intermediary and Policy Implementation: Translating the EU Urban Wastewater Directive

7. The Intermediation of Water Expertise in a Post-privatization Context

8. Mobility, Markets and 'Hidden' Intermediation: Aviation and Frequent Flying

Part III: Intermediaries and Scalar Transitions

Introduction

9. Strategic Intermediation: Between Regional Strategy and Local Practice

10. Re-interpreting Regulations: Architects as Intermediaries for Zero Carbon Buildings

11. Smart Meters as Obligatory Intermediaries: Re-constructing Environmental Action

12. Bridging the Recovery Gap

13. Conclusions: The Transformative Power of Intermediaries

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