This special issue deals with various research questions regarding the impact of urban experimentation on transitions towards sustainability in different industries and sectors. Cities have been identified to play a vital role for sustainability transitions. Not only are they places with an increased urgency for change, but they also bring about many current sustainability initiatives and interventions. This special issue focuses on investigating the relationship between urban experimentation and institutional change. The articles shed light on various characteristics of urban environments that influence experimentation and potentially lead to institutional change and thus elaborate on some of the distinct mechanisms through which urban experimentation can lead to broader systemic changes.

cities, Experimentation, institutional change, sustainability transitions, urban,
European Planning Studies
Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT)

Fuenfschilling, L. (Lea), Frantzeskaki, N, & Coenen, L. (2018). Urban experimentation & sustainability transitions. European Planning Studies. doi:10.1080/09654313.2018.1532977