Analyzing city networks for the diffusion of environmental innovations: A study of five major Swedish cities
2014 (English)In: Conference Proceedings, ERSCP 2014, 14-16 October 2014, Portorož, Slovenia / [ed] Rebeka Kovačič Lukman, Peter Glavič, Damijan Koletnik, Peter Virtič and Boris Horvat, Maribor: Nigrad d.d. , 2014, 197-206 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
This paper studies five Swedish municipalities, their memberships in international city networks, the different motivations to be members of them, and the expected and perceived benefits from doing so. A particular focus is put on sustainability, environmental technology, and municipal companies as potential beneficiaries of such memberships. This study is motivated by the fact that networks have been reported by literature to accelerate the diffusion of innovation, give members access to two-way information flows, improve the user-producer relationship and provide legitimacy in the potential recipient regimes. Using a documentation review and interviews with city officials responsible for international city networks, the conclusions relate to the active participation of the studied cities in international networks, but also to the large gaps between the two largest ones and the rest when it comes to the number of memberships and the geographical reach they have through the networks they belong to. Also, cities see benefits for their municipal companies when they belong to such networks, and these companies are usually independent when it comes to choosing and administering their memberships. It was found that the benefits from belonging to international networks are difficult to monitor and measure objectively, and that there is no apparent direct correlation between membership and diffusion of environmental solutions from municipal companies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Maribor: Nigrad d.d. , 2014. 197-206 p.
Other Environmental Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111817ISBN: 978-961-93738-1-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-111817DiVA: diva2:760705
17th European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP 2014), 14-16 October 2014, Portoroz, Slovenia