As cities face more complex challenges – from COVID-19 to climate change, from housing affordability to technological transformation —the expectations on urban governance have steadily increased. Plenty of evidence suggests that cities are responding with governance innovations that draw on new ideas, practices and collaborators that will steer urban development and everyday life in new directions.

Yet, little is known about the governance capacities produced by these new ways of governing – their effectiveness, their inclusiveness or their legitimacy.

With the support of a $320,556 grant via the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Grant scheme, Senior Professor of Human Geography Pauline McGuirk is working with a team of researchers from the University of Sydney and the University of Auckland in New Zealand to investigate these new urban governance trends and their ultimate benefit to future cities.

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