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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-05-01 - 2022-04-30

Co-creation practice – and co-creation research – are at a crossroads: More than ever, initiatives to boost innovation through collaboration among diverse actors are flourishing across Europe. Yet, this mainstreaming poses new challenges to better understand “co-creation processes and outcomes under various cultural, societal and regulatory backgrounds to allow better-targeted policy support” (SwafS-13-17). To date, no systematic studies exist that detail how co-creation instruments operate under different socio-cultural conditions, i.e. if “best practices” will be effective elsewhere or if the resulting products and services are compatible with new markets. SCALINGS addresses the challenge of mainstreaming co-creation across a diverse Europe head-on: In the first ever rigorous comparative study, we will investigate the implementation, uptake, and outcomes of three co-creation instruments (public procurement of innovation, co-creation facilities, and living labs) in two technical domains (robotics and urban energy) across 10 countries. Using comparative case studies and coordinated cross-country experiments, we explore if and how these instruments can be generalized, transferred, or scaled up to new socio-cultural, economic, or institutional conditions to unleash their innovative power. Based on this unique data set, we will develop two new transformative frameworks – “situated co-creation” and “socially robust scaling” – to guide the wider dissemination of co-creation. We will synthesize our findings into an “EU Policy Roadmap” to support ongoing EU innovation policy efforts. Empirically, SCALINGS is closely integrated with over two dozen European co-creation initiatives that deal with cross-cultural transferability on a daily basis. Together with these partners, we will co-create enhanced practices that feed directly back into their work and strategy. Finally, we will launch a training program (“boot camp”) on co-creation in diverse settings for other EU consortia.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-05-01 - 2020-10-31

The project reaches out towards young policy makers in Austria, as they will play a key role in governing the transformation to a low-carbon society. The project shall contribute to increase their awareness on urgent climate action and shape a cross-party vision of a common, low-carbon future. Further the nexus between climate science and young policy makers will be strengthened by supporting climate scientists to adopt an active role as knowledge brokers.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-09-18 - 2020-09-17

Climate services dealing with sectors that have strong nexus with land management (e.g. forest management for improving infiltration) and energy for water management (e.g. groundwater pumping for urban supply) need to consider these nexus when providing decision making tools for policy makers, helping them to co-design synergic outcomes in their broader agendas of societal goals. Urban areas, river basins and biomass plantations in drought-prone areas with conflicting water uses present such challenges, which ask for a local and sub-regional integration of these nexus and its simulation under climate change and different management practices, to fully understand the outcome of investments and policies for which decision-makers manifested greater knowledge is needed. The main aim of CLISWELN is to advance the provision of climate services (CS) for drought-related decision making, by using the water-energy-land nexus to integrate the cross-sectoral links of decision making about investments in infrastructure and drought management with the longer term Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CLISWELN has the following 4 specific objectives: To co-develop a Stakeholder-driven Integrated Nexus Framework (SINF) to consider further synergistic co-benefits of climate service provision with mitigation of CO2 emissions and stakeholder-driven SDGs-related longer term goals; to analyze the socio-ecological dynamics of the case studies (urban, region, river basin) with the SINF; to co-produce evidence-based decision-support tools derived from the SINF, integrating data from existing regional climate predictions with data of relevant sectors (agriculture, urban water, forest management); to communicate the results and their related uncertainties to the stakeholders of each case and beyond, by promoting long lasting impacts through policy exchanges, networking and marketing.

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