Governance factors for co-creation of innovative green solutions: case study of station area development of Nijmegen

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The urgency of addressing environmental issues necessitates a green transition, often hindered by traditional top-down governance. Effective management requires co-creation and collaborative governance of local green initiatives. This research examines the factors driving the successful co-creation of local green solutions, focusing on the Rijk van Nijmegen Initiative (RvN@), which promotes innovative growth in the Nijmegen region through collaborative efforts among government, local businesses, and students. The research identifies sixteen governance factors, categorized as structural, strategic, and tactical. Structural factors include social, economic, and political frameworks; strategic factors involve internal organizational agendas; and tactical factors pertain to the co-creative process. The study employs a qualitative research strategy, utilizing semi-structured interviews, observation, and surveys, focusing on the Station Area Development Nijmegen. Key findings highlight that structural governance factors, such as public governance paradigms and institutional channels for citizen participation, are crucial for collaboration. Other significant factors include legislation, formal goals, multi-actor collaboration narratives, authority support, interdependence clarification, and facilitative leadership. The research underscores the importance of these factors in driving the co-creation of innovative green solutions in Nijmegen's station area development.
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