Sustainable place-making for sustainability science: the contested case of agri-food and urban-rural relations

Marsden, Terry
April 2013
Sustainability Science;Apr2013, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p213
Academic Journal
The paper explores the concept of 'sustainable place-making' and its necessary relationships and opportunities with the emerging, broader and interdisciplinary field of sustainability science. This implies a reconsideration of the new and emerging interrelationships between economy, community and ecology as a basis for active place-making. The paper then examines the new dynamics of place-making with regard to the contested emergence of the bio-economy and the eco-economy, and the principles and place framings that lie behind these competing paradigms of spatial development. The reference point here is agri-food and urban-rural relations; and it is argued that research in these fields is in need of being contextualised critically and normatively within this dynamic, highly contested and place-making context. The analysis also holds important implications for a more critical and engaging sustainability science.


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