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"The ‘New Normal’ in Planning, Governance and Participation" out now
Urban Book Series 2023

Transforming Urban Governance in a Post-pandemic world.

Editors: Enza Lissandrello, Janni Sørensen, Kristian Olesen, Rasmus Nedergård Steffansen

About this book series

The Urban Book Series is a resource for urban studies and geography research worldwide. It provides a unique and innovative resource for the latest developments in the field, nurturing a comprehensive and encompassing publication venue for urban studies, urban geography, planning and regional development.

In particular in this Urban Book published in 2023 we have the contribution by:

- Roberta Chiarini in "An Anthropology of the Co-Emergency: Getting Inspired bt the Covid 19 for a Natural Economy"

Abstract: Many emergencies in the world are not perceived to be the cause of spontaneous human behavioural change. Drawing from a cultural anthropology perspective, this chapter explores the perception of the limits in the Western cultural world and argues that COVID-19 must be understood in the development of concomitant emergencies (co-emergencies), and for the way, humans have adapted in similar situations of urgency and adapted solutions to face them. In a post-humanistic dimension, the solutions to face the COVID-19 pandemic are indeed recurrent to the human adaptation to past emergencies. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a human behavioural change that limited the risk of a contagious virus. This simplification is part of 'a new normal' that deals with the nexus between human perception of nature and an emerging governance of the economy. The chapter concludes that in a post-pandemic new normal we need to pave attention to the relationships between humans and non-humans to develop a capacity to act and react to multiple emergencies while reducing complexity.

- Felipe Barroco Fontes Cunha, Francesca Capellaro, Claudia Carani, Gianluca D'Agosta, Piero De Sabbata, Danila Longo and Carlo Alberto Nucci in "Establishing a Green Energy Transition Process in COVID Times

Abstract: This chapter describes the new normal approach adopted for a citizen engagement process carried out in the framework of a three-year EU demonstration project, aimed at establishing a green energy community (GECO project) in Italy. The engagement method was based on the Transition Management approach, steering participatory processes aiming at the activation of a sustainable behavioural change. During the COVID-19 crisis, engagement activities required a deep and radical change. The research investigated how to guarantee a participatory dimension and build an energy community during COVID times. In order to both realign actions to comply with the COVID-19 restrictions and preserve the participatory dimension of engagement processes, a systemic and regenerative co-design was implemented. Some activities (i.e. informative campaigns and stakeholders’ meetings) were redesigned and put online. Education and public events were moved from indoor to outdoor environments. This allowed regenerative experiences enhancing the connection between the local community and nature. In summary, COVID time-imposed limitations but offered new opportunities to co-design more sustainable living solutions, such as energy communities. The collaborations born in COVID-19 restrictions are still ongoing offering innovative ways of meeting and acting together.
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