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Around the globe governments are struggling to achieve improved urban sustainability and resilience through traditional governance tools such as direct regulatory interventions, subsidies and other economic incentives. In collaboration with businesses and civil society they have introduced a range of innovative tools that aim to overcome the weaknesses of such traditional governance tools. At the same time businesses are widely in involved in the implementation of voluntary governance tools that seek an improvement of urban sustainability and resilience, but without the traditional force of law.What are the opportunities and constraints of such innovative governance tools? To what extent are they successful in achieving a rapid improvement of urban sustainability and resilience? These are two central questions in Dr Jeroen van der Heijden’s lecture. Building on close to 10 years of empirical research into governance for urban sustainability and resilience, including 70 examples from Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, he will uncover and discus the five dominant global trends in this area.Dr Jeroen van der Heijden is based in Australia where he is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University. He further holds a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam. He recently published the book "Governance for Urban Sustainability and Resilience: Responding to Climate Change and the Relevance of the Built Environment" with Edward Elgar publishers (2014). For more detail, see Jeroen's profile. Image by Klm Seng on Flickr under the CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.