learning to talk about climate change issues – communication and public engagement on climate change

As part of the work of the UK team, SELFCITY-UK has been invited to take part in an ESRC-funded seminar that will explore how we (as researchers) talk to others who are interested in climate change issues beyond our own academic communities.  The SELFCITY project is part of the ESRC’s investment in climate change research and as such the SELFCITY-UK team will look to both learn from and pass on good practice in communication and public engagement when it comes to understanding the challenge of climate change.  This is all taking place at the LSE in London on March 8th.  We will pass on what we learn.

Forschung und Forschungsbedarf zu Transition Initiativen

Das Transition Netzwerk Deutschland/Österreich/Schweiz bietet eine Gruppe an, in der aktuelle Forschung zu Transition Initiativen kommuniziert werden kann. Aber auch Hinweise zum Forschungsbedarf sowie zu Forschungswünschen sind dort herzlich willkommen.

Das Ziel dessen ist es, Doppelarbeit zu vermeiden sowie die Forschung auf die Bedürfnisse der Initiativen auszurichten. Des Weiteren bietet diese Plattform die Möglichkeit, den Initiativen eigene Forschungsarbeiten zugänglich zu machen und sie auf diese Weise zu unterstützen. Die entsprechende Gruppe ist hier zu finden.

Report from Summer school “Energy Transitions in Contemporary and Emerging Societies”, 13 – 24 July 2015, Durham University

by Mustafa Hasanov

Our self-organizing PhD student Mustafa Hasanov recently returned from an international summer school hosted by the Durham Energy Institute and Department of Geography at Durham University. Here is what he reports for SELFCITY blog.

“Energy Transitions in Contemporary and Emerging Societies” was short, engaging and interesting course, which raised some critical issues addressing the interconnection between energy and society. The summer school provided an in-depth overview of the interconnections between energy and society. The two week program focused on critical social perspectives on issues of energy transition and energy governance in contemporary and emerging societies. The program included seminar and workshop sessions, guest lectures with multi-disciplinary character, film screenings, various fieldtrips and site visits. Some of the main themes of the summer school were:

What is SELFCITY?

by Mustafa Hasanov

SELFCITY, not to be mistaken with selfiecity, is a transnational collaborative research project investigating the role of self-organised civic initiatives and Societal Transformation in the Face of Climate Change supported by JPI Climate. The project has particular focus on socio-spatial transformation in urban areas, and more specifically investigating the processes of self-organisation that underpin community-led project-based responses to climate change. What does this mean in simple language?

It means that the project will be not about reinventing the wheel of self-organisation but the project will look behind the curtains of what is framed as “self-organisation” in practise. We want to ask questions such as how can we learn from such self-organised experiences?, who benefits and who loses from self-organisation?, and what does self-organisation mean to policy makers and societal partners at large?

VHW-Seminar „Kommunale Strukturen zur lokalen Engagementförderung“

by Dr. Nina Hehn

Am 1. Juli 2015 veranstaltete der Bundesverband für Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung e.V. (VHW) ein Seminar zur Engagementförderung und zum Freiwilligenmanagement im kommunalen Aufgabenfeld. Die inhaltlichen Beiträge wurden von den Referenten Dr. Uli Glaser, Stabstelle „Bürgerschaftliches Engagement und „Corporate Citizenship““ der Stadt Nürnberg, Dr. Thomas Röbke vom Landesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement und Dr. Serge Embacher vom Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement gestaltet. Dabei ging es im Wesentlichen um die notwendigen Rahmenbedingungen und Strategien zur Unterstützung des bürgerschaftlichen Engagements auf lokaler Ebene.