Climate Networks

  People seated in a circle at a meeting Copyright: Pt  

Transformation in Climate and Resource Protection With the Design of Governance Processes


Climate change and resource conservation are global challenges for stakeholders in all sectors of society. They require the cooperation of state, private sector, and civil parties. However, this often fails - e.g. due to a lack of interfaces and different approaches to action. This is where the transdisciplinary research project "Climate Networks" comes in: it integrates perspectives from sociology, human geography, and urban planning in order to further develop sustainable governance processes in the Bielefeld municipality. The project generates findings on the development of social innovations and extends the application of network analysis in urban research. Besides preparing network analyses in the field of climate protection, social innovations are developed, tested, and - if possible - also stabilized in two exemplary real laboratories. The results will be discussed with a focus on a possible transfer with stakeholders from the municipality of Darmstadt. The results will be documented and scientifically classified.


New project: Klimanetze 2.0


From February 2020, Pt will help to establish a permanent and independent platform for commitment and innovation in climate protection in Bielefeld! The platform is to activate and support activities of actors from the urban society for climate protection and to network them with politics and administration.The inter- and transdisciplinary collaborative research project is funded by the BMBF for two years as part of the socio-ecological research. It is a continuation of the predecessor project Climate Networks (2016-2019). Cooperation partners are the City of Bielefeld, the District of Lippe, the Institute for Regional and Urban Development Research and the Institute of Sociology at RWTH Aachen University.


Project Information

  1. Client
    Federal Ministry of Education and Research – BMBF and The DLR – German Aerospace Center Project Management Agency
  2. Cooperating partners
    Research Institute for Urban and Regional Development, Dortmund/Aachen (ILS); RWTH - Chair of Sociology of Technology and Organization and Chair of Planning Theory and Urban Development; City of Bielefeld, Environmental Department; City of Darmstadt, Environmental Department
  3. Project leaders at RWTH
    Britta Rösener, Simone Neddermann, Carolin Derks, Céline Stadler
  4. Project timeframe
    October 2016 to September 2019
  5. Services provided by the chair
    Design of the communication process with stakeholders from administration, politics, science and the real laboratory groups, design and moderation of workshops, support and supervision of the real laboratories, evaluation of the communication process with regard to its benefits and the potential for continuity in municipal practice.
  6. Further information
    You can find detailed Information at the Climate Nework online.