The population of the world is expected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050. Most of this population growth will happen in small and medium-sized cities.
Due to this rapid urbanisation, the majority of emissions in the next century will be emitted by infrastructures that are yet to be built.
Research on climate action often highlights initiatives in major cities, but lowering carbon emissions will depend on actions carried out in smaller, ordinary cities that currently sit outside the global networks of climate innovation.
1. Understand the local actions in a global context and how they shape the ordinary cities
2. Explain the transferability potential of social, technological and institutional innovations
3. Study the impact of local actions on citizens
4. Create a research toolbox to engage with the messy, the unusual and the change in-the-making. Reimagine the theories on climate change politics.
Year 1 - 2
Year 3 - 4
Understand the local actions in a global context and how they shape the ordinary cities
Year 1 - 4
Year 1 - 5
Explain the transferability potential of social, technological and institutional innovations