Lars Coenen joined MSSI in January 2017 as the inaugural ‘City of Melbourne Chair of Resilient Cities’, an initiative between the City of Melbourne and University of Melbourne aimed at improving the city’s resilience to sustainability challenges.
Working closely with the city’s chief resilience officer, Lars seeks to strengthen Melbourne’s role as a leader in knowledge based urban resilience, leverage opportunities to attract research funding and provide a new model for collaborative research.
Lars is an interdisciplinary scholar cross-cutting the fields of innovation studies, economic geography and science and technology studies. His research interests converge around the geography of innovation:
- Why is it that some regions and cities in the world stand out in their ability to foster and diffuse novelty? - What explains this spatial concentration of innovation in an era of globalization? - How can regions and cities improve their capacity to innovate?
In particular he is interested in addressing this broad set of questions on innovations related to pressing societal challenges such as climate change.
His work has been published in leading international journals such as Research Policy, Environment and Planning A and Economic Geography. He is well-known for pioneering research on the geography of sustainability transitions. His paper ‘Environmental Innovation and Sustainability Transitions in Regional Studies’ has been awarded the 2013 best paper award in Regional Studies (co-authored with Bernhard Truffer). He has extensive experience in securing external funding and collaboration in national and international research projects financed by e.g. the JPU Urban Europe, European Framework 7 Program and Nordic Energy Research.
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Urban Resilience in Action: the Resilient Melbourne Strategy as Transformative Urban Innov..
Evolving geographies of innovation: existing paradigms, critiques and possible alternative..
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Future-proof cities through governance experiments? Insights from the Resilient Melbourne Strategy (RMS)
Sebastian Fastenrath, Lars Coenen
Journal article | 2020 | Regional Studies
Established urban policy and planning approaches are ill-equipped to deal with the wicked nature of urban resilience problems and ..
Evolving geographies of innovation: existing paradigms, critiques and possible alternatives
Lars Coenen, Kevin Morgan
Journal article | 2019 | Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography
Theory development on the geographies of innovation has been very successful in incorporating the changing patterns of knowledge d..
Geographies of transition—From topical concerns to theoretical engagement: A commentary on the transitions research agenda
C Binz, L Coenen, JT Murphy, B Truffer
Journal article | 2019 | Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
This viewpoint takes stock with the ‘geography of sustainability transitions’ (GOST) as it is presented in the transitions researc..
Reconfiguring urban governance in an age of rising city networks: A research agenda
K Davidson, Lars Coenen, Michele Acuto, Brendan Gleeson
Journal article | 2019 | Urban Studies
Networked urban governance is emerging as a major feature of metropolitan strategy and activity. The field of urban studies is yet..
Urban living labs: governing urban sustainability transitions
Harriet Bulkeley, Lars Coenen, Niki Frantzeskaki, Christian Hartmann, Annica Kronsell, Lindsay Mai, Simon Marvin, Kes McCormick, Frank van Steenbergen, Yuliya Voytenko Palgan
Journal article | 2016 | Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
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