Cities and climate change – examining advantages and challenges of urban climate change experiments

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This paper contributes to the literature on urban climate change experiments by analysing ascribed advantages and challenges of organizing climate change experiments at the urban scale, and by examining how local actions translate into effect. We here distinguish between effects of experiments in achieving actual sustainability gains (‘goal-oriented objectives’) and instigating broader institutional change (‘process-oriented objectives’). Empirically, we analyse efforts related to energy supply in two Danish urban climate change experiments: The ‘CPH 2025 Climate Plan’ in Copenhagen, and ‘ProjectZero’ in Sønderborg. Our analysis poses considerable question marks over the importance of the advantages ascribed to urban climate change experiments including ‘authority advantages’ and possibilities of ‘engaging and mobilizing stakeholders’.


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  • Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education
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  • Economic Geography
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-299
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Issue number2
Early online date2018 Jan 22
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch

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