European Journal of Spatial Development https://journals.polito.it/index.php/EJSD <p><a title="EJSD" href="https://journals.polito.it/index.php/EJSD/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong><em>European Journal of Spatial Development</em></strong> (<strong>EJSD</strong>)</a> is an open access journal providing high-quality scientific contributions to spatial planning, regional development, policy making and governance, from European and EU-related perspectives.</p> <p><strong>EJSD</strong> serves as a platform for critical academics and spatial development professionals to share cutting edge research. It publishes original contributions focusing on the multiple ways in which spatial development is coordinated, governed, and institutionalised at various scales, places and territories.</p> <p>The journal is located within the subject area of Social Sciences, and predominantly linked to the subject categories of Spatial Planning and Development, Urban Studies, and Geography. Nonetheless, based on the journal’s multidisciplinary outlook, <strong>EJSD</strong> welcomes contributions from other fields if they explicitly contribute to research on European spatial development. </p> Politecnico di Torino OJS en-US European Journal of Spatial Development 1650-9544 In search of articulation: A framework to empower transformative innovations https://journals.polito.it/index.php/EJSD/article/view/301 <p>This article problematises the limits of two predominant trends in urban environmentalism: ‘smart’ lifeworld environmentalism and <br>radical environmental movements. Whereas the former’s reliance on techno-entrepreneurial innovation policy solidifies a structural <br>conservatism, the latter mostly fail to forge broad alliances beyond a community of like-minded, thereby entrapping social innovations in niches. To overcome these limitations, I draw upon the concept of transformative innovation, a particular understanding of innovation that dialectically links improvements in the economy of everyday life with the challenges of&nbsp; contemporary social-ecological transformation, the satisfaction of short-term everyday necessities with long-term ecological&nbsp; imperatives. The ensuing aim of this article is to translate these conceptual reflections on transformative innovation into an heuristic&nbsp; research framework for place-based development strategies. This framework facilitates (1) identifying place-based everyday&nbsp; necessities and popular desires that allow for unconventional coalitions, (2) exploring and problematising deeper structures (i.e.&nbsp; provisioning systems) that enable and constrain their actualisation, and (3) developing discursive strategies to reconfigure relevant&nbsp; provisioning systems to meet those desired necessities while having the potential to enable more sustainable society-nature relations. While the article is purposely theoretical-conceptual, I draw upon an ongoing case-study analysis in Vienna’s periphery to enrich the framework with concrete examples.&nbsp;</p> Richard Bärnthaler Copyright (c) 2022 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2022-06-28 2022-06-28 19 4 1 24 10.5281/zenodo.6771392