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Multi-Stakeholder partnerships (SDG#17) as a means of achieving sustainable communities and cities (SDG#11).

MacDonald, Adriane and Clarke, Amelia and Huang, Lei and Roseland, Mark and Seitanidi, Maria May (2017) Multi-Stakeholder partnerships (SDG#17) as a means of achieving sustainable communities and cities (SDG#11). In: Filho, W. Leal, ed. Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research. Springer, Germany. ISBN 978-3-319-63006-9. E-ISBN 978-3-319-63007-6. (doi: (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:63542)

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As social and ecological problems escalate, involving stakeholder groups in helping solve these

issues becomes critical for reaching solutions. The UN Sustainable Development Goal #17

recognizes the importance of partnerships and collaborative governance. However, organizing

large multi-stakeholder groups (or partnerships) requires sophisticated implementation structures

for ensuring collaborative action. Understanding the relationship between implementation

structures and the outcomes is central to designing successful partnerships for sustainability. In

the context of sustainable community plan implementation, the larger research project of which

the results presented in this book chapter are one part of, examines how stakeholders configure to

achieve results. To date we have the data from a survey completed by 111 local governments

around the world. The survey was offered in English, French, Spanish and Korean. Seventeen

integrated environmental, social and economic topics are considered, including climate change,

waste, ecological diversity and local economy. Despite the prevalence of sustainable community

plan implementation in local authorities around the world there is scant empirical data on the

topics covered in these plans internationally, the partners involved in implementation, and the

costs and savings to the local governments that implement in partnership with their communities.

The results presented in this book chapter show that sustainable community plans continue to be

created and implemented in a diversity of communities around the world, are integrated in the

sustainability topics that they cover, involve local organizations as partners in implementation,

act as motivators of resource investment by the local government in community sustainability,

and result in savings for the local government.

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Uncontrolled keywords: Sustainable community plans, Local Agenda 21, multi-stakeholder partnerships, implementation structure, outcomes
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5351 Business
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH541 Ecology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Depositing User: May Seitanidi
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2017 10:14 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2021 13:39 UTC
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Seitanidi, Maria May.

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