JPI Climate: Collective Urban Governance, Innovation and Creativity in the Face of Climate Change (SELFCITY)
Climate change adaptation and mitigation are led by three distinct groups – governments, markets and communities – which, though often operating in tandem, bring different skills and resources to this process. But while there is already a substantial body of research on the first two, much less is known about community-led approaches.
Collective urban governance, innovation and creativity in the face of climate change (SELFCITY) therefore sets out to develop a fuller picture on the dynamics of self-organisation that underpin community-led adaptation and mitigation, with a focus on cities in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. Through fieldwork and participatory research in local communities, the project will help to develop capacity among self-organisation practitioners and disseminate their experiences more widely.
The research will not only strengthen the ability community-led groups to develop local adaptation and mitigation solutions, but also raise awareness of these initiatives to other stakeholders and promote collaboration.
Rob Atkinson (Principal Investigator, Director: Urban Research)
Erik Bertram (Research Assistant)
Sabine Hafner (Research Associate)
Stephen Hall (Principal Lecturer)
Eberhard Rothfuß (Chairperson)
Ian Smith (Senior Lecturer – Economics)
Chris Zuidema (Assistant Professor, Spatial Planning)
Extensive participatory fieldwork in case study cities.
Capacity development and training of local activists.
Dissemination of findings through workshops, publications and other activities.