A New UI paper on The mutual construction of urban retrofit and scale: Governing ON, IN and WITH in Greater Manchester by Mike Hodson and Simon Marvin has been published in early view in Environment and Planning C. The paper focuses on the mutually interrelated processes of constructing urban retrofit and the city-region as a scale for action.

Urban retrofitting – the systematic reconfiguration of socio-technologies of energy in the existing built environment and infrastructure – is critical to the achievement of ambitious carbon reduction targets. To realise the ecological and economic benefits of retrofit cities are continually searching for a ‘fix’ that allows them to upscale retrofit from a largely ad hoc and piecemeal activity of repair and maintenance into strategic and systemic retrofit programmes that transform existing cities. This article is primarily concerned with understanding the politics and purpose of such experimentation and analyses efforts to integrate retrofit and governing in Greater Manchester.