Knowledge brokerage in climate, energy, mobility policy areas
Through this paid policy experience, participants will receive (online) training on knowledge brokerage for policy work. The training will include how to: co-produce evidence, integrate knowledge from different epistemic communities, and translate research for policy relevance.
Upon completion of the knowledge-brokerage training, research teams will develop and undertake an (online) knowledge brokerage initiative, supported by SSH consortium partners. Participants will be organised into six research teams by the SSH CENTRE partners (and able to indicate their preferred topics during application). The knowledge brokerage initiative will support partner cities to pursue their respective decarbonisation aims through the identification, organisation and transfer of relevant SSH knowledge. Each research team will meet with city representatives (online, and then in person during a city workshop) to help develop their knowledge brokerage initiative.
The topics (and their respective cities) that research teams will develop and undertake a knowledge brokerage initiative are:
- Local climate strategies (Frederikshavn, Denmark): Developing strategies to make cities independent of fossil fuels and able to adapt to climate change
- Resource efficiency/sufficiency and circular economy (Grenoble, France): Building sustainable economic models which are resource-wise, resilient, circular, and fair.
- Energy Communities (Arnhem, The Netherlands): Creating energy communities that make citizens freer to choose and actively engage in clean energy production.
- Fossil-free heating and cooling (Rijeka, Croatia): Shaping intelligent cooling and heating systems that accelerate the decarbonisation of cities.
- Mobility Communities (Porto, Portugal): Rethinking mobility systems through co-creation processes with urban dwellers to favour liveable and just cities for everyone.
- Digital mobility platforms (Čačak – Serbia): Developing digital mobility platforms to make mobility solutions energy-efficient and accessible to all.the impact of transport on the climate, promoting easy and broad access to mobility solutions to all and the well-being of residents
Participants in the programme will be funded to attend a 2-day workshop hosted in the city that they are focusing on, with this workshop including a city tour with local stakeholders to get feedback on the work done by the team so far and to deepen understanding of the realities of “doing policy work”. Before the workshop, each research team will produce a provisional brief on the initial findings from their knowledge brokerage initiative. A final report will be written up at the end of the programme (July 2024).