Transitioning rural regions to the new energy and climate future: planning, governance and rural futures in Australia and USA

Morrison, Tiffany H., Lane, Marcus B., and Hibbard, Michael (2013) Transitioning rural regions to the new energy and climate future: planning, governance and rural futures in Australia and USA. In: Abstracts from 5th Joint AESOP/ACSP Congress 2013. p. 1148. From: 5th Joint AESOP/ACSP Congress 2013: Planning for Resilient Cities and Regions, July 15-19 2013, Dublin, Ireland.

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Abstract

The capacity of rural regions to address the plethora of issues and problems posed by climate change, alternative energy development, and related phenomena is profoundly affected by contemporary conditions in rural regional planning and governance.

- The region is fading as an organizing concept in development planning (Teitz 2012).

- There has been a good deal of 'faddism' in the development discourse. Concepts such as appropriate technology, basic needs, and, more recently, sustainability and participation may be good ideas but they have fallen short of expectations (Grindle 2012).

- Governance arrangements are characterised by complexity, uncertainty and hybridity (Morrison 2006).

As well, Teitz (2012) points to complementary development planning ideas that are influential at the beginning of the 21st century, the shift from a regional to a sectoral focus, with economic development as the goal, and the emergence of the environment as a key factor in development.

We use a two-pronged approach to shed light on whether and how regional planning can respond. We draw on the literature to explain the waning of rural regional planning and the growing complexity of regional governance. Then we examine six strategic 'critical cases' in alternative energy production (Flyvbjerg 2006), three each from Australia and the U.S. to explore the issues and options for need for a renewed discourse on rural regional rural planning.

Item ID: 39959
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: regional planning, climate adaptation, alternative energy futures, governance, institutions
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2015 06:54
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160603 Comparative Government and Politics @ 35%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 35%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning) @ 30%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
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