Geo-Technologies for Spatial Knowledge: Challenges for Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Development

  • Karin Pfeffer
  • Javier Martinez
  • David O’Sullivan
  • Dianne Scott

Abstract

Critical to governance for sustainable and inclusive urban development is access to, and management of, relevant contextual spatial knowledge. Digital geo-technologies such as geographical information systems, online applications and spatial simulation models are increasingly becoming embedded in urban governance processes to produce, utilize, exchange, and monitor contextual knowledge and create scenarios for the future. This chapter provides a comprehensive state-of-the-art review of geo-technologies for spatial knowledge production and management for urban governance focusing on (1) the kinds of geo-technologies that feature in the urban governance area; (2) the discourses with respect to geo-technologies in urban governance processes; (3) the kinds of knowledge produced, used, exchanged, and contested in relation to quality of life, economic development and the ecosystem; and (4) the transformative potential of geo-technologies in urban governance processes. Through this review it draws out the capacities and challenges of geo-technologies for inclusive and sustainable urban development.

Keywords

Geo-technologies Urban governance Participatory GIS Remote sensing 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Richard Sliuzas and Stan Geertman for their constructive comments, and Thomas Kemper, Martino Paresi and Richard Sliuzas for their contributions to Box 8.1 and Fig. 8.8.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karin Pfeffer
    • 1
  • Javier Martinez
    • 2
  • David O’Sullivan
    • 3
  • Dianne Scott
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development StudiesAmsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  3. 3.College of Letters and ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  4. 4.School of Built Environment and Development StudiesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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