Hanna Kang

Master of Arts in International Studies



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DLGS 6 (2016-2018)

Doctoral Thesis

Urban transformative capacity for sustainability: The case of Eco-capital Suwon, South Korea

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Bernhard Müller, Technische Universität Dresden

Korean cities face sustainability challenges through the continued growth in energy consumption and GHG emissions induced by carbon-intensive development structures. However, it will not be easy to change the pattern of energy consumption until unsustainable structures are changed. In this regard, a new urban intervention should encompass a restructuring process of interrelated institutions, infrastructure, values and culture. This process is theorized as ‘transformations’. The thesis, therefore, examines the ability of urban stakeholders to bring about such transformations, based on the analytical framework of ‘urban transformative capacity (UTC)’. The empirical study considers the case of ‘Eco-capital Suwon’, whose multi-stakeholder participatory approach displays a distinct capacity enhancement process while embedded in the centralized national system. Data is gathered by means of documents analysis as well as in-depth, semi-structured interviews. The thesis contributes to theoretical and methodological discussions on how to operationalize the UTC framework. Further, it provides empirical evidence on the critical role of inclusive governance in enhancing transformative capacity, and thereby has policy implications for urban development and planning for East-Asian cities

Key words: urban transformative capacity, sustainability transformations, urban development and policy, Eco-capital Suwon, inclusive governance



since 03/2016
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

Professional Experience

Korea Environment Institute

Korea Institute for International Economic Policy