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Frank Moulaert

Frank Moulaert
KU Leuven | ku leuven · Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning

PhD, MA, MSc, BA

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This book addresses the key question of why socially innovative initiatives, including attempts to rejuvenate democracy by introducing new modes of participation, are not leading to a democratization of the State or overcoming the gap between political leaders and people. Offering insights from three leading voices of contemporary social sciences t...
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This paper examines how different housing actors (Social Resilience Cells and their partners, Institutional Structures, Neighborhood Communities) in post-Katrina New Orleans have activated their social capital into institutional capital. It uses a critical up-to-date synthesis of social capital enriched by governance theories to investigate how new...
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This paper addresses the problem of accessing decent and affordable housing in the Global South, where the housing need is, in general, more problematic than in the Global North. The paper first identifies five distinctive characteristics of housing systems in the Global South as compared to those in the Global North. These include: (a) the diverse...
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Specifically, the purpose of INSIST Cahier 4 is to produce an initial compilation of knowledge and analysis of COVID-19 related social innovations around the globe. This collective knowledge will enrich public discourse about dealing with the ongoing pandemic, which involves multiple agents--governments, communities, business, local, regional, nati...
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This timely and thought-provoking book examines the contemporary struggle of communities over land ownership and use rights in rapidly urbanising areas, analysing 12 key case studies from across four continents. Contributions from an international team of researchers, policy analysts and experts explore both neoliberal urban development policies an...
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Questions of land tenure, security and access to land, are major concerns of citizens and migrants in most cities of the world. Neo-liberal urban policies have contributed to land tenure and land market transformation, land speculation, confiscation of public space, rise of land values and gentrification in inner cities. This has caused lack of ten...
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This paper gives an overview of over two decades of research projects on the study of the relationship between local development and social innovation (SI) made by the international action research network coordinated by the first author and funded by the European Commission. It explains the need to study the relationships between local development...
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La recherche en développement local et régional remonte au moins au XIXe siècle. Historiquement, diverses approches méthodologiques se sont succédées, dont plusieurs dans la foulée du Methodenstreit ayant opposé les tenants de l’école historique allemande et leurs successeurs de l’École autrichienne – individualisme méthodologique contrevs holisme,...
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Alternative food networks (AFNs) encounter governance challenges stemming from their own organizational growth pains and their search for cultivable land, but also from their confrontation with urban planning policy and state structures whose affinity with urban agriculture is on average quite low. The agro-food literature does not sufficiently acc...
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This paper unravels the key governance tensions stemming from the scaling out and up of the access to land for urban agriculture. A hybrid governance approach-showcasing interrelated organizational, resource and institutional governance tensions-is used to shed light on: (a) the ways actors mobilize and build networks to address the land-resource g...
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Il contributo analizza il ruolo dell’Innovazione Sociale nel campo delle Scienze Sociali e Umane. Una prima analisi storica fornisce una panoramica delle sue funzioni nella modernità e nelle politiche della Commissione Europea. La varietà di approcci può essere riportata su un continuum ai cui estremi si trovano modelli economici pratico-sociali e...
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This paper applies the concept of Hybrid Governance to the analysis of the GASAP (Groupe d’Achats Solidaires de l’Agriculture Paysanne), a solidarity-based producers–consumers network established in Brussels in 2006. The Hybrid Governance concept allows to capture the role of key governance tensions in driving the self-organisation, scaling out and...
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This review of research on Social Innovation (SI) examines its place in Research and Innovation projects, especially those funded by the EU. It also reflects on the relevance of SI and SI research in collective action, policy making and socio-political transformation in Europe and the world today. In particular, it makes suggestions on how SI resea...
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This article examines the spatial practices and forms of institutionalization in the water and water sanitation sector in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, and especially in Kampung Kojan in the Kalideres subdistrict of Jakarta. To this end, it develops a three-layered analytical framework viewing the city as a multi-scalar socio-ecological system in...
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About 55% of Nairobi's population lives in informal settlements, which lie beyond the reach of municipal water and sewerage networks. As a coping mechanism, deprived communities in Nairobi's large informal settlements are increasingly devising new strategies, technologies, institutional frameworks and servicing models to satisfy their water needs,...
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This paper applies the concept of Hybrid Governance to the analysis of a local food network organization. Hybrid Governance captures the key governance tensions experienced by alternative food organizations in their spatial-material dynamics of development and growth. These tensions are framed according to three types: 'organizational, resource and...
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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to advance the understanding of “resilience” by disentangling the contentious interactions of various parameters that define and guide resilience trajectories, such as the physical infrastructure, socio-spatial inequalities, path dependencies, power relationships, competing discourses and human agency. This soc...
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Making use of theories of discourse and social innovation, this paper analyses the resilience of post-Katrina housing reconstruction trajectories in New Orleans. It defines and connects the concepts of hegemonic and counter-hegemonic social resilience cells (SRC), institutional structures and housing reconstruction trajectories as the pillars of th...
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Focusing on the governance of San Pedro de Atacama, a desert region located in the north of Chile, this article discusses the concern in ecology and social science to restore the unity between nature and culture as a lever to governance in social-ecological systems. It examines contemporary governance dynamics of this large desert and mountain area...
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This paper presents the relations among agency (A), structure (S), institutions (I), and discourse (D) and their analytical relevance for socio-economic development. It argues that an adequate account of these relations must recognize their inherent spatio-temporality and, hence, their space–time dynamics. This is not an optional extra but a defini...
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Over the last three decades, sustainable development (SD) has been mainstreamed as a global discourse. One of its key objectives has been the pursuit of a fair satisfaction of human needs through a combination of inter- and intra- generational equity aspirations. However, due to the increased inequalities produced by the current fiscal constraints...
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Coined by ecological sciences, the concept of resilience has been widely used in disaster scholarship as a tool to conceptualize and enhance capacities of organizations and communities in the face of natural risks. While radical in relation to its stress on systems renewal and transformation, the concept still needs further socio-political reconstr...
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Spatial quality is a central tenet and, at the same time, a highly contentious issue in the urban design and planning field. This is the case for practitioners, academics and researchers alike. Underpinning the canonical texts and even some major recent contributions in defining the theoretical foundations of the field, is a broad consensus on the...
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The goal of this paper is to contribute to the development of methods of social innovation in participatory urban design. Based on the ‘Synoikos scenario Workshop’, an adapted methodology was applied to and evaluated within the (participatory action) research context of the European ‘Thought for Food’ (T4F) landscape enhancement project concerning...
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Las políticas urbanas, especialmente aquellas orientadas al desarrollo de barrios, carecen de consistencia en el tiempo y en su "régimen urbano". En Europa, durante las últimas dos décadas, la política urbana ha experimentado un movimiento pendular, desde una política centrada en el barrio de corte social-comunitaria en la década de 1990, hacia una...
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The contributors provide an overview of theoretical perspectives, methodologies and instructive experiences from all continents, as well as implications for collective action and policy. They argue strongly for social innovation as a key to human development. The Handbook defines social innovation as innovation in social relations within both micro...
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Urban policies, especially those oriented toward neighbourhood development, have not been consistent in time or in their 'urban regime'. In Europe, over the last twenty to twenty five years, we have witnessed a pendulum movement in urban policy moving from a neighbourhood-focused, socially-community oriented policy approach in the 1990s to a more c...
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Property lies at the heart of the urban development process. While it creates the wealth needed to finance the urban economy, property can also be a source of disenfranchisement, especially among those unable to cope with the rules set by the market and facilitated by government policy. The hegemony of individual property particularly presents a pa...
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In this special issue, we start from the proposition that space, its uses and transformations are multi-significant and that their study requires an interdisciplinary approach. However, the elaborate division of labour in the sciences has also led to the compartmentalization of knowledge about space in different disciplinary fields with their assoc...
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Spatial quality is a contested notion due mainly to its uneven conceptualization and methodological translation across fields in which space is a key concern. This article presents the building up of an inter- and transdisciplinary methodological meta-framework to analyse, assess and work towards spatial quality. It explains the thematic cross-read...
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This article aims to clarify the concept of social cohesion by embedding it within a dynamic, multiscalar and complex understanding of socioeconomic development in the city. Section 1 gives a European perspective on the relationship between differing views of social cohesion and urban policy and how its relation to competitiveness is inherent to co...
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Conceptualising, exploring and operationalising different meanings of social cohesion to make them useful for studying the dynamics of `cities and social cohesion in urban Europe: that is what this Special Issue aims at. It is based on research on `Social Cohesion in European Cities within the FP7-SSHProject Social Polis, the first social platform...
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In contemporary debates on sustainable development, social sustainability has become an important theme. But its conceptualization is often done in isolation from the other pillars of sustainable development. As a consequence it cannot fully play its role either in the analysis, or in the process of sustainable development. The authors explain how...
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Social innovation involves ‘moving boundaries’. Can we take this expression literally and examine what space and spatiality mean to social innovation? Using a multi-scalar approach, the spatiality of social innovation processes and practices, their socio-cultural dynamics and path dependency is conceptualised. A distinction should be made between t...
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MOULAERT F. and MEHMOOD A. Analysing regional development and policy: a structural-realist approach, Regional Studies. This paper gives an overview of theories and models that can be used to analyse regional development as well as to design policies and strategies for the future of regions and localities. It evaluates the analytical and policy rele...
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Over the last decade, in France as in most Western economies, the employment and turnover of high-technology consultancy activities have shown two-digit growth rates. Consultancy in computer and communication technology in particular, as well as related management consultancy, have expanded to make France the second largest producer in the world of...
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In 1997 werd het Ruimtelijk Structuurplan Vlaanderen (RSV1) goedgekeurd. In dit strategisch ruimtelijke beleidsplan werden de gewenste ruimtelijke ontwikkelingen voor een termijn van 10 jaar vastgelegd. Twaalf jaar later is het tijd voor een actualisering. De minister en zijn administratie hebben beslist om het Ruimtelijk Structuurplan Vlaanderen g...
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Over the last 30 years, and especially since the first energy crisis of the 1970s and the neoliberal réveil, regional development and urban regeneration strategies have traditionally swung between two poles. On the one hand (and predominantly) such strategies centred on the market–economic: economic strategies to make regions and cities more market...
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Après la présentation des fondements analytiques et méthodologiques de la recherche, le rapport décline et articule les principaux enseignements issus du riche matériau collecté sur le terrain : évolution des domaines d’activités et des statuts des structures d’économie sociale étudiées au cours de la période récente dans un contexte institutionnel...