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Culture and Sustainable Communities

Culture and Local Governance, a peer-reviewed online journal publishing original work, both theoretical and empirical, on the relation between culture and local governance, calls for papers for its Special Issue on Culture and Sustainable Communities. Guest Editors are Nancy Duxbury (Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra, Portugal) and M. Sharon Jeannotte (Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa, Canada).

In the face of growing environmental and economic urgencies, issues of sustainability and resiliency are moving to the forefront of planning, policy, and programs in cities and communities of all sizes. City planning paradigms are mutating from a focus on building 'creative cities' to that of achieving 'sustainable cities'. Internationally, this shift is evident among local governments adopting sustainability goals for towns, cities, and regions; creating sustainable community plans; and implementing community projects related to sustainable development. Yet cultural considerations, while recognized in urban and community planning contexts, are not integrated into sustainability planning in a widespread way.

Where are cultural considerations in this new paradigm/framework? How might culture be incorporated and situated within sustainability planning and related initiatives? How should cultural planning adapt to this increasingly dominant paradigm and context?

Potential contributors are invited to submit an article (maximum 5,000 words) by 1 May 2010 to Nancy Duxbury at duxbury@ces.uc.pt. For details please see www.ces.uc.pt/cesfct/nd/CFP_Culture_and_Local_Governance.pdf.

Contact: Nancy Duxbury, PhD, Researcher, Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES) | Centre for Social Studies, Associate Laboratory, School of Economics, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal; e-mail: duxbury@ces.uc.pt