The Role of Governance in Sustainable Societies


It is widely known that governance is central to the successful implementation of sustainable development policies and measures. Yet, there is a paucity of research which explore the links between governance and sustainability. So what is the role of governance in enabling a transition towards sustainable societies?

Sustainable governance

Sustainability governance is a complex issue that requires transformation of the current governance approach as well as institutional innovation and participation of non-state actors at international, national and local levels.

The functioning of governance for sustainability depends on political, social, economic, environmental and socio-spatial aspects and priorities, and is highly dependent on local knowledge as well as local stakeholder participation. For instance, illustrated how participatory issues in fisheries governance in Europe lead to greater efficiency.

Professor Joost Platje

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