Green Building as Urban Sustainability Transitions

  • Julia Affolderbach
  • Christian Schulz
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


Over the past decade, the term transitions has been adopted widely in policy and academic circles, and notions of green transitions, sustainability transitions and low-carbon transitions now frequently replace the common Leitbild of sustainable development in local, regional and national visions and analyses. Transition studies present one particular approach to analysing and understanding fundamental changes in societies. While transition studies originally comprised historic and technocentric innovation studies that considered sociocultural dimensions as enabling context for change, the multi-level framework developed in transition studies has been recently adopted and adapted by economic and urban geographers resulting in a focus on urban transitions. The multi-level perspective in particular provides a compelling heuristic for the assessment of sustainability transitions. This chapter introduces work in transition studies and discusses the strengths and limitations of the multi-level perspective in analysing shifts in green building as urban climate change mitigation strategy. It develops a transition perspective for the green building sector that focuses on the urban in these transition processes.


Transition studies Multi-level perspective Local contexts Trajectories of transformation Innovation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julia Affolderbach
    • 1
  • Christian Schulz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geography, School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of HullHullUK
  2. 2.Institute of Geography and Spatial PlanningUniversity of LuxembourgEsch-sur-AlzetteLuxembourg

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