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ClimateNetworks – Transformations in climate and resource protection by designing governance processes

Climate protection activities can be very effective when actors from the state, the market and civil society work together. However, this is often difficult. In the inter- and transdisciplinary joint research project "ClimateNetworks", the interaction of actors in Bielefeld's climate change mitigation was a) investigated and b) improved by establishing two living labs/living laboratories. These were initiated, implemented and evaluated as part of the project. The focus of the research is based upon actors’ networks in climate change mitigation, the development of social innovations and the generating of sustainable uses for practice.

The living labs were successful. They have encouraged Bielefeld on its way to more sustainable mobility. The participants have also developed skills, trust and an awareness for each other. They therefore wanted to continue the ClimateNetworks project in order to establish a platform for engagement in climate protection. This goal is to be implemented in 2020-2021 in the follow-up project ClimateNetworks 2.0.


Project Information

  1. Client

    Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF
    Project sponsor: German Center for Aerospace DLR

  2. Cooperating partner 

    Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development, Dortmund/Aachen ILS,RWTH Aachen University - Chair for Technology and Organization and Chair of Planning Theory and Urban Development; City of Bielefeld, Environment Department; City of Darmstadt, Environment Department

  3. Project leaders at RWTH 
    Britta Rösener, Simone Neddermann, Carolin Derks, Céline Stadler
  4. Project timeframe 
    October 2016 until September 2019
  5. Services provided by the chair 
    Design of the communication process with actors from administration, politics, science and the living labs’ groups, design and moderation of workshops, support and monitoring of the living labs, evaluation of the communication process with attention to its benefits and the potential for permanence in municipal practice. 
  6. Further information
    Project presentation on the Climate Networks website and in the project report