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The Impact of Digitalization on Urban Governance Sustainability Transformations. A case study focusing on digital policy instruments used in the Copenhagen 2025 - Climate Plan.

Sundsgaard, Laura (2021) The Impact of Digitalization on Urban Governance Sustainability Transformations. A case study focusing on digital policy instruments used in the Copenhagen 2025 - Climate Plan.

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Abstract:The focus of this thesis is on how digitalization is influencing the way the public sector designs, develops and implements solutions to sustainability challenges. Digitalization and sustainability are the two megatrends taking place in the urban century. However, there is little research on how these challenges interact, support, or hinder each other in the urban context. By answering the research question whether digitalization can promote urban sustainability transformations, this thesis aims to fill this research gap. For this purpose, a single case study based on a qualitative content analysis of Copenhagen’s Sustainability Strategy is conducted, based on the Climate Plan (2012) and the associated Roadmaps (2017, 2020). Thereby, digital policy instruments are identified and classified into the types of information, technology, analysis, efficiency, and flexibility. Furthermore, based on Roger's (2004) attribute typology, digital policy instructions are found to offer great potential for innovation. The study of barriers to the implementation of digital policy tools, following the research of Mondschein et al. (2021) and Veselitskaya et al. (2019), shows that certain barriers have not been overcome. In particular, the fact that citizens are not involved in the development and design process of digital policy instruments, and thus are not participants in urban planning, is an important organizational barrier that hinders implementation.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87723
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