Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (YTK) is a department within Aalto University, Finland founded in 1968 as a national multidisciplinary centre for further education in urban and regional planning and urban studies. Over the years, YTK has developed an interdisciplinary research profile and functions related to post-graduate training, becoming the only interdisciplinary hub focusing on planning education and research in Finland.
AU Herning is part of Aarhus University in Denmark, and thus part of one of the leading universities in the Nordic countries, and also one of the top 100 universities worldwide. AU Herning is a unique educational institution offering study programmes in engineering, business economics, international communication as well as management at the same institution. AU Herning has a high focus on close interaction with the business community and on research and development.
The research within the Department of Energy and Environment at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden covers a wide field within the areas energy and environment/sustainable development, from a global perspective to industrial, building, and product scale. The research fields include:
- Energy technology and energy conversion, both experimentally and theoretically.
- Development, use and evaluation of methods and tools for analysis of technical systems, regarding both environmental/sustainable development and energy.
- Complex Systems, with theory and applications ranging from biochemical systems to social ones.
Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research
Inaugurated in 2004, the CSPR at Linkoping University in Sweden has rapidly established itself as a prominent reference point for studies related to climate science and policy research. The research is interdisciplinary and puts problems related to climate change in context with other measures for sustainable development, such as limiting environmental impact and responsible management of natural resources. CSPR is a joint venture between Linkoping University and SMHI. CSPR’s mission is to develop knowledge, templates and methods for climate research in Sweden and inter-nationally. In order to do this CSPR gathers researchers in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and in technology. The four key research areas of the centre are: vulnerability and adaptation, climate change and sustainable development, conditions for low-carbon energy, knowledge and communication.
SNF (Institute for Research in Economics and Business Administration) is a contract research institute in the NHH-group and was formally established in 1991. SNF is owned by the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH), the University of Bergen (UiB) and the Foundation SNF. SNF is one of the largest and most influential institutes in Norway when it comes to applied research in economics and business administration, and has developed strong connections to other research institutions in Norway and abroad.
NTNU as a partner consists of two teams; one at the Centre for Energy and Society, Dept. of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture and one at Department of Geography.
The Centre for Energy and Society (CES) was established as a research group at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture in 2001. In 2009 the Centre was a main architect behind the establishing of CenSES, Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies. CenSES is a virtual research centre that emphasize studies and decision support that enable a new sustainable energy system. CenSES integrates insights from energy economy, energy systems analysis, political science, sociology, innovation studies and science and technology studies. Internationally, CES is one of the largest research groups in its field, studying social and cultural aspects of energy and sustainability from a social science and humanities perspective. Since 2007 the centre has had two projects on climate adaptation funded by the NORKLIMA programme and Norwegian Research council.
ProjectZero is the vision for turning Sonderborg/Denmark (500 km2, 77.000 people, 440.000 pigs, 250.000 hens etc) into a ZEROcarbon community before the end of 2029, based on sustainable growth and creating many new Green Jobs during the transformation. The job-creation/business dimension add BrightGreenBusiness as a surname to ProjectZero.
ProjectZero´s ZEROcarbon emissions will be achieved by improving energy efficiency in all sectors of society and business and converting current energy sources into green renewable sources (wind, geothermal, solar, biomass etc) based on the areas own sources. The ROAD to ZEROcarbon is documented in the ProjectZero masterplan, which has a major milestone in 2015, where carbon emissions will be reduced by 25% compared to baseline 2007.
SEI was set up in 1989 to take forward the fundamental insight of the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment: that global environment and development challenges must be addressed at the same time, as one. This is still not mainstream practice, but it is SEI’s guiding principle.
Over the past 20 years SEI has generated, synthesised and communicated knowledge for evidence-based policies that support sustainable development in the North and South. SEI’s role is to provide solutions to environment and development challenges through state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research, combined with on-the-ground capacity building.
The University of Iceland was established in 1911. The University is structured into 5 academic schools, and 25 faculties. The University of Iceland is the only university in Iceland offering undergraduate and graduate studies in all the main disciplines and its academics have received a great deal of international recognition for their scientific work such as in energy and climate change related research. Researchers at the University and members of the NORD-STAR team have led national assessments of mitigation and adaptation possibilities in Iceland. In addition to traditional disciplinary academic areas the University has international interdisciplinary graduate programmes such as a Environment and Natural Resources, run by NORD-STAR team member B. Davidsdottir.
UMEÅ University was founded in 1965 and is Sweden’s fifth oldest university. UMEÅ has a strong international and multicultural presence with students, teachers and researchers from all over the world. UMEÅ strives towards being one of Scandinavia and Europe’s best environments for education, research and community engagement that meets the challenges of an ever-increasing global society.