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Management of sustainability transitions through planning in shrinking resource city contexts: an evaluation of Yubari City, Japan.

Mabon, Leslie; Shih, Wan-Yu

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Leslie Mabon

Wan-Yu Shih

Abstract

This paper evaluates the planning competences required to enact a managed transition to sustainability at the municipal level for cities facing population, economic and employment decline. Drawing on the 'shrinking cities' literature, we argue consolidation of the built environment can become a focal point for sustaining citizen welfare when transitioning cities facing decline, especially those previously reliant on resource industries. We evaluate the former coal-mining town of Yubari, Japan, which is developing a consolidated urban form with the aim of creating a 'sustainable' future city. Findings from interviews and content analysis of Yubari's planning policy indicate, however, that to translate 'shrinking' a city into a managed transition, spatial planning must be accompanied by a wider range of social policy measures and strong cross-sectoral engagement. We also caution that the unique geographical and political context of Yubari mean its model may not be directly replicable in other contexts.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 31, 2018
Journal Journal of environmental policy and planning
Print ISSN 1523-908X
Electronic ISSN 1522-7200
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 4
Pages 482-498
Institution Citation MABON, L. and SHIH. W.-Y. 2018. Management of sustainability transitions through planning in shrinking resource city contexts: an evaluation of Yubari City, Japan. Journal of environmental policy and planning [online], 20(4), pages 482-498. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2018.1443004
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2018.1443004
Keywords Managed transition; Shrinking cities; Sustainability; Urban planning; Yubari

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