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Towards European Societal Sustainability

Objective

Transitions to low-carbon societies take place at multiple and complementary scales. Transition processes are highly dependent on the innovative potential of community-based initiatives and their articulation with appropriate institutional architecture. Community-based initiatives are potentially more adaptable and less constrained by current structural circumstances than top-down policies and can give impetus to large-scale and technology driven changes. TESS will provide an understanding on the upscaling possibilities of such high-potential community-based initiatives by addressing two main questions: What is the impact of community-based initiatives in terms of carbon reduction potential and economic effect? What institutional structures (values, policies and mechanisms) support these initiatives in persisting beyond the initial phase and moving into an acceleration phase, spreading desired impacts? Answers will be provided through (1) a novel measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) framework for benchmarking community-based initiatives. This will enable quantifiable, comparable and standardised evaluation, and (2) the identification of success factors for the emergence, persistence and diffusion of promising initiatives, including online initiatives. We will identify these initiatives through case studies across regions and sectors and produce a systemic understanding of their impact on societal transitions towards sustainability. Our research will be integrated and transdisciplinary, with the unique opportunity to bring together social and natural scientists to foster a transition towards European societal sustainability. Our work will feed into and extend the Climate Adapt database to facilitate reconciliation of mitigation and adaptation and connect to Europe wide evaluation approaches such as the Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (CMEF) of the Rural Development Programmes.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG
Address
Telegrafenberg 31
14473 Potsdam
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 555 249
Administrative Contact
Hardy Seemann

Participants (8)

THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 459 864
Address
Errol Road Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Caroline Crichton (Mrs.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 304 860
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Veronica Colombo (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 333 480
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Filippo Celata (Dr.)
T6 ECOSYSTEMS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 384 200
Address
Via Aureliana 63
00187 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Katja Firus (Ms.)
CLIMATE FUTURES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 328 350
Address
Gloucester Lane 3
EH3 6ED Edinburgh
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Charles Henderson (Mr.)
OULUN SEUDUN KOULUTUSKUNTAYHTYMA OSEKK

Participation ended

Finland
Address
Automaatiotie 1
90460 Oulunsalo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Saija Luonuansuu (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITATEA STEFAN CEL MARE DIN SUCEAVA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 134 280
Address
Strada University 13
720229 Suceava
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carmen Nastase (Prof.)
OULUN AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 341 280
Address
Kiviharjunlenkki 1 B
90220 Oulu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jouko Paaso (Dr.)