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Sustainable London?The future of a global city$
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Rob Imrie and Loretta Lees

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310594

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310594.001.0001

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Beyond urban sustainability and urban resilience: towards a socially just future for London

Beyond urban sustainability and urban resilience: towards a socially just future for London

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(p.304) (p.305) Fifteen Beyond urban sustainability and urban resilience: towards a socially just future for London
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Sustainable London?
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Loretta Lees

Rob Imrie

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310594.003.0015

This chapter discusses how sustainable development discourse is shifting towards the notion of resilience that seems more conservative than the concept of sustainability, and less likely to offer a way to challenge the inequities of socio-spatial development pursued in the name of sustainable development. In evaluating the potential effects of the shift in emphasis, the chapter recommends that there is need to move debates, plans and policies away from the current sustainable cities agenda, which is concerned primarily with pursuing sustainable cities that balance environmental concerns, the needs of future populations and economic growth. Instead, it suggests a reconsideration of interpretations of sustainability concerned with the traditional notions of social justice which seek to balance market and social interests in the public good.

Keywords:   socio-spatial development, sustainable development, sustainable cities agenda, social justice

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