Managing partnerships for sustainable development: The Berkeley—China sustainable transportation program

Over a five-year period, the University of California Berkeley’s Global Metropolitan Studies-China Program conducted research in partnership with local counterparts in Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan, Chengdu, and Kunming. Research focused on strategies for maintaining and increasing the sustainability of the cities’ transportation systems in the face of rapid economic growth and accelerating motorization, and included planning, analysis, and design of projects on transit-oriented development, non-motorized transportation, and bus rapid transit. In this paper, the authors focus on two cases that exemplify the positive and negative experiences in research partnerships. Through an assessment of these partnerships, they identify a core set of elements that are key to effective co-production and exchange of knowledge. The elements include: strong and engaged leadership at multiple organizational levels, engagement in capacity building projects as a strategy to develop mutual understanding, and multiagency and multidisciplinary collaboration. These findings are consistent with and elaborate on current research on knowledge transfer (Khirfan, 2011; Marsden et al., 2011). In their China work, where these elements were strong, the authors (including their Chinese partners) were able to incorporate strong principles of sustainable transportation into local planning. These experiences provide lessons and strategies for practitioners and researchers who plan to work in China.


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  • Accession Number: 01633666
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 28 2017 4:51PM