Shared Space: Sustainable Innovation Strategies in Urban Health and Environmental Policy

By Derrick Purdue, Richard Kimberlee and Judy Orme.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The article will examine grassroots and policy networks concerned with local food and traffic control and develop a typology of sustainable innovation strategies for change in health and environmental policy. The article is based on a review of the health and environmental policy literatures conducted for the EU funded Katarsis project, focusing on bottom-up innovation in oppositional or alternative networks, through which citizens take control of these aspects of their lives and/or challenge power and policy. Case studies of good practice in sustainable innovation are identified in two areas: (1) networks promoting the growing, trading and consumption of local food; and (2) networks protesting against transport policy and producing innovative design solutions to traffic problem. The sustainable innovation strategies in this field have immediate aims to improve social, mental and physical well-being and long term aims to promote global and local sustainability. This process attempts to increase citizens’ level of physical exercise, improve diet and reduce road accidents locally, while encouraging lower carbon consumption and higher social well-being through increased social interaction. The authors develop a typology of sustainable innovation strategies as networks arising from (a) social movements, (b) community based organizations, (c) socially creative individuals, or (d) local authorities and partnerships.

Keywords: Health, Environment, Networks, Local Food, Traffic and Transport, Social Innovation

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.219-230. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.202MB).

Dr. Derrick Purdue

Senior Research Fellow, Cities Research Centre, Faculty of Environment and Technology, University of West of England, Bristol, England, UK

Derrick Purdue is a Senior Research Fellow in the Cities Research Centre of the University of the West of England, Bristol. His research interests include sustainability, social movements, community engagement and urban governance. He is author of Anti-Genetix, (2000), editor of Civil Societies and Social Movements (2007), and has had articles published in several academic journals, including Urban Studies, Sociological Review, Environment and Planning, Public Money and Management and the Community Development Journal.

Dr. Richard Kimberlee

Senior Research Fellow, University of West of England, Bristol, England, UK

Richard Kimberlee has research interests in the promotion of participation and communal engagement in local decision making including the engagement of communities in the promotion of safer and more sustainable local environments. Recent interests have included work on developing opportunities to involve young people in engineering decision making around road safety and community regeneration. He is currently involved in an EU funded project documenting and highlighting innovatory practices for tackling health inequalities in areas of multiple deprivation. This has included an analysis of shared space.

Judy Orme

Reader, University of West of England, Bristol, England, UK

Judy Orme is a Reader in Public Health in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She is the Co-director of the Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment and the Director of the Centre for Public Health Research. She is co-editor of the two key texts in the field of public health and health promotion: Public Health for the 21st century: new perspectives on policy, participation and practice (2nd Edition), and Health Promotion: Professional Perspectives. Her research interests extend across the field of multidisciplinary public health and include healthy settings and communities; young people and risk taking behaviour; arts and health; prison health; public health workforce development.


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