Eco-cities and the transition towards sustainable urban development in South Korea.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Bernhard Müller, Technische Universität Dresden
Since 2009, South Korea has introduced the Green Growth Strategy which shall speed up the transition towards sustainability. At the urban level, different eco-city approaches have been implemented. The main research objective is to analyse the extent to which eco-city approaches support the Green Growth Strategy of the country and to accelerate urban sustainability.
Two eco-cities in South Korea which stand for different approaches are analysed, Songdo and Suwon. An overview over eco-cities and eco-city approaches in South Korea based on literature and documents analysis, will provide the general background for the study. An in-depth case study of two eco-cities, based on semi-structured interviews and documents analysis, will highlight strengths and weaknesses of the distinct approaches. Finally, policy implications shall be elaborated in order to provide an input for deciding future directions of the Green Growth Strategy regarding sustainable urban development.
Key words: eco-cities, eco-city approaches, green growth strategy, sustainable urban development, top-down and bottom-up strategies, green technology and governance
Doctoral Student at the TU Dresden, Faculty of Environmental Science
International Studies (International Development and Cooperation), Korea University, South Korea
Academic Degree: Master of Arts
Studies in Cultural Anthropology, Hanyang University, South Korea
Academic Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Korea Environment Institute
Korea Institute for International Economic Policy