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ECIU Urban Transformation Collaboratory


June 27, 2022

ECIU Urban Transformation Collaboratory


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This project brings together academic and societal partners from 4 ECIU institutes, building on established collaboration with focus on societal transformation, citizen engagement, viable and smart cities. ECIU-UTC is drawing on a palette of local and regional challenges that are jointly defined with societal partners in Norrköping/Linköping, Stavanger, Enschede, and Barcelona, aiming to achieve SDG11 – sustainable cities and communities, and to the ECIU ‘SuperBlock of Covadonga’ challenge.

To accelerate transformations towards just and sustainable future cities across Europe, local and regional projects need to scale up and share sustainability pathways and planning efforts.  Promising new technologies have created a deluge of interdisciplinary projects focusing mostly on local-scale solutions. While many have been heralded with success, we still lack a comprehensive understanding of the potential for reproducing methodologies, processes, and tools in different cultural and geographic settings. The vision of the ECIU-UTC consortium is to design an ECIU virtual testbed - a Distributed Living Lab, aiming to strengthen the capacities of initiatives for urban sustainability transformations through cross- ase learning. This seed project expands existing research and innovation initiatives of the ECIU by linking established living labs and citizen science projects run by partners and their regional ecosystems through four collaborative workshops, resulting in a Roadmap for the Distributed Living Labs as well as a cross-case and collaborative learning communities.

Linköping University

Linköping University is a state university in Linköping, Sweden. Linköping University was granted full university status in 1975 and is now one of Sweden's larger academic institutions.

University of Stavanger

The University of Stavanger is situated on Norway’s south-west coast, surrounded by magnificent and diverse landscapes. The charming harbour city of Stavanger ranks as Norway’s fourth largest with approximately 130,000 inhabitants and is known as Norway’s “oil and energy capital”. The Stavanger region is Norway’s most productive area and has been the national hub for innovative industry for several decades, partly owing to the petroleum industry and partly to a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship which existed long before the oil age.

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona also known as UAB is a public university mostly located in Cerdanyola del Vallès, near the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain.

University of Twente

Entrepreneurship has been part of the University of Twente’s DNA for over many decades: seeing opportunities where others don’t, taking risks when no one else would and setting up successful teamwork to achieve ambitious goals.