The territory and politics of the post-fossil city


This commentary on Maarten Hajer and Wytske Versteeg’s ‘Imagining the post-fossil city’ (2018) discusses some of the assumptions and implications of the authors’ two key formulations–‘techniques of futuring’ and the ‘post-fossil city’. It begins by scrutinizing the relationship between techniques of futuring and questions of spatial scale. It then unpacks the territorial assumptions of the post-fossil city, suggesting that the latter should be situated within broader spatial understandings of the contemporary urban condition. Finally, it discusses the politics of the post-fossil city, with an emphasis on the relationship between corporate-led smart-city sustainability schemes and local democratic governance.

Territory, Politics, Governance, 7(2)
David Wachsmuth
Canada Research Chair in Urban Governance

My research interests include urban governance, local sustainability, and the impact of short-term rentals on housing markets.