Monday, 23 November 2015

1942 The film Casablanca premieres in New York City.

Volume 57, November 2014, Pages 150–161

Tracking geographies of sustainability transitions: Relational and territorial aspects of urban policies in Casablanca and Cape Town


Cities in the Global South have to find cleaner energy resources in the future.
The notion ‘varieties of glocalisation’ links global, national and urban scales.
Casablanca and Cape Town show how cities can support a renewables industry.
The ‘green-driven growth triangle’ offers a new framework for future research.


Many countries in the Global South work on greater sustainability. Transition and economic geography scholars are well-positioned to contribute to a better understanding of these processes and their underlying dynamics. However, there is a lack of attention to the role of the city. In this article I apply a ’varieties of glocalisation’ lens to explain the interplay between national, urban and global developments in the context of sustainability transitions. This article presents empirical data from Morocco and South-Africa about current renewable energy ambitions. These cases illustrate the cities’ differences; while Cape Town was able to foster economic development in the slipstream of national policies, Casablanca’s renewable energy sector is less developed. The green-driven growth triangle is then presented as a new analytical framework for future research on geographies of sustainability transitions.


  • Geographies of sustainability transitions;
  • Green-driven growth;
  • Renewable energy;
  • Varieties of glocalisation;
  • Casablanca;
  • Cape Town