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Resilient Governance for Resilient Cities – Assessing the Governance Context for Green Infrastructure Implementation in Hoboken

Staas, Leonie (2017) Resilient Governance for Resilient Cities – Assessing the Governance Context for Green Infrastructure Implementation in Hoboken.

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Abstract:The question of flood resilience in the context of urban growth and climate change has turned the ability to adapt to and recover from flood disasters into a necessary asset for coastal cities like Hoboken. When hurricane Sandy hit Hoboken in October 2012, the social and economic loss was unprecedented. Hence, the city reacted with ambitious plans to install green infrastructure as a measure towards flood resilience, including the ‘Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan’ and the ‘Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge’ strategy under Rebuild by Design. A successful implementation of the green infrastructure measures proposed can be considered a necessary condition for increased flood resilience in Hoboken. As part of an interdisciplinary research project on Hoboken’s green infrastructure plans, this paper examines the supportiveness of the city’s wider governance context on the implementation process. A governance assessment tool is applied to evaluate the characteristics of the governance regime. The methodology combines documentary analysis with in-depth stakeholder interviews. Atlas Ti is used to organize the qualitative data, while an informed judgment takes place to arrive at predictions about the likely success of implementation. The research proved detailed empirical observations of those factors which are supportive of green infrastructure implementation as well as of those which are restrictive. A number of recommendations targeted at practitioners on how to improve the governance context are presented in the conclusion.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:10 humanities in general, 70 social sciences in general, 74 (human) geography, cartography, town and country planning, demography, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73210
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