Transformative Urban Experimation

Event Name Transformative Urban Experimation
Start Date 31 Jul 2019 1:00 pm
End Date 31 Jul 2019 2:00 pm
Duration 1 hour

Urban experimentation is an emerging field of practice and theory that brings together academic, government, civil society and private sector actors to trial alternative city futures, transition governance approaches, grassroots innovations and new modes of sustainable urban development.

In this presentation, MSDI’s Dr Darren Sharp draws on his thesis work which used action research to build capacity for grassroots agency in the context of Livewell Yarra, an urban living lab that engaged community actors in real-world experiments for low-carbon living. Dr Sharp also presents multiple case study research which reveals how social learning, institutional arrangements, dynamics of transformation and capture and new urban imaginaries can drive the transformation of cities  towards sustainability.

About Darren Sharp

Dr. Darren Sharp is a Research Fellow at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. Darren is a sustainability transitions researcher interested in urban experimentation, grassroots innovation and the sharing economy. His work is situated at the intersection of transitions management, design for social innovation and community economies thinking, with a particular interest in collaborative governance of urban transition arenas. His doctoral thesis in Humanities, completed at Curtin University, draws on action research of a living lab in Melbourne and multiple case studies to develop an agency-centred analysis of urban experimentation.

Darren’s research speaks to the possibilities of social learning, institutional arrangements, and new urban imaginaries to drive the transformation of cities towards sustainability. Darren is taking these insights into his role as Chief Investigator of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus project and Research Coordinator of the Net Zero Precincts program.

Darren is also the founding Director of Social Surplus, the Australian editor of Shareable, and co-authored the book Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons which contains 137 case studies and policies that showcases how city residents around the world are using commons-based strategies to meet their needs in housing, food, transportation, work and energy.

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