Climate change

How does self-organisation provide options to be better adapted to the impacts of climate change?

Self-Organisation

We are interested in the options for change that fall between options led by governments and options that are provided by the market.

Capacity building

The project will create space for activists to identify capacity building needs and for the research team to work with activists to fill these needs.

Cross-national comparison

What are the opportunities for change that depend upon where you live?

Transition

How might self-organised responses at a local scale work towards broader societal change?

Social Learning

Reflective and reflexive learning is one of the processes by which we can move to a new agenda of a harmonious existence under changing environmental conditions.

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New documents

Logo_selfcity_transparent_retinaSelf-organisation and climate change: the neglected dimension of collective social transformation. Working paper by SELFCITY Staff.

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KK-LogoReflection report KlimaKom concerning advising activity with civic participation and self-organisation processes.

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6George Marshall: Don’t Even Think About It. Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change

 

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figure-3Navigating urban complexity through stakeholders’ experiences and knowledge

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Collective governance, innovation and creativity
in the face of climate change

Phase 2 by May 2015

Elaborating conepts (e.g. self-organisation, emergence, triggering event, etc.)
Research design
Secondary data analysis
Field ethnography
Explorative interviews
Communication with our research partners

 

Q-sort fieldwork
Online ethnography
National workshops
Cross-national workshops
Dissemination

Principal Investigators

University of Bayreuth

The University of Bayreuth was founded 1975 and is a hub of international and interdisciplinary research and one of few German universities with a cluster of excellence which is called “Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies” (BIGSAS). SELFCITY is strongly linked to the Research Center BayCEER which addresses global change issues.

The Department of Geography is dealing with cross-cutting themes as sustainable regional and urban development, human-environment interaction and political ecology. A further focus is spatial qualitative social research and participatory methods.

University of the West of England

The University of the West of England (UWE) is one of Britain’s most popular universities and the largest provider of higher education in the Southwest of England. The UWE is committed to using academic knowledge and skills to offer practical solutions.

The Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environment (R. Atkinson and S. Hall) is a multi-disciplinary group of researchers interested in the planning, design, use and governance of places at different scales. The Bristol Economics Research Cluster (I. Smith) cluster brings together a diverse range of knowledge and research backgrounds to deliver pragmatic solutions and high quality analysis backed up by academic rigour.

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands (founded in 1614) as well as one of its largest. The Department of Spatial Planning and Environment has a research agenda concentrating on the relationships between institutional innovation and spatial transformation.

The team is focusing on urban regions in transition, civil initiatives and resources and flows.

KlimaKom e.G.


KlimaKom is a registered co-operative for consultation of municipalities, which developed as a spin-off 2010 from an established enterprise. KlimaKom works out strategies and action plans for climate protection and energy transition in German municipalities, counties and regions with participative methods, integrating local citizens, experts, utilities and political/administrative representatives.


University of Bayreuth

  • Transnational (north-south) work on urban self-organisation
  • Urban and regional governance and development
  • Social inequality and exclusion
  • Online-Ethnography and Action Research.

University of Groningen

  • Transformations of space and place and coevolving institutional and self-organisational environments.
  • New opportunities for intervening in physical and social structures to enhance quality of life.
  • Interventions to result dynamic interactions between various physical factors, social factors, institutional actors and community stakeholders
  • Designing democratic, political and policy processes to improve social wellbeing.

University of the West of England

  • Cross-national work on sustainable urban regeneration
  • Urban governance and community participation
  • Urban social exclusion and European urban and spatial policy
  • Participatory Action Research


KlimaKom e.G.

  • Energy transition and climate protection, regional value chains and effects for urban
and rural development
  • Transformational processes and management concepts for sustainable regional
development
  • Transition town movements and juridical aspects of post-fossil urban development.
  • Stakeholder Management and Citizens Participation

The researchers

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