Bringing the political back in
Call for critical inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives on urban sustainable development
Christoph Clar argues that recent experiences with urban sustainable development call for urban researchers to integrate the knowledge of both various scientific disciplines and non-scientific actors. Referring to the phenomenon green gentrification, he discusses the contribution of political science for developing critical inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives and illustrates how sustainable development is not only a question of technical solutions, but a deeply political issue. Acknowledging the political dimensions of urban sustainable development would improve the understanding of social, economic, and environmental interrelations and help to develop solutions that do not improve cities' ecological sustainability at the cost of social justice.