Project > Research Areas > Area 5 > ROCSET - The Role of Cities in the Socio-Ecological Transition of Europe


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The 40 participating cities

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Innsbruck, Austria
Linz, Austria

Jihlava, Czech Republic
Praha, Czech Republic

Aallborg, Denmark
København, Denmark

Nice, France
Paris, France
Rennes, France
Strasbourg, France

Dortmund, Germany
Freiburg-am-Breisigau, Germany
Kiel, Germany
Potsdam, Germany
Saarbrücken, Germany

Larissa, Greece
Thessaloniki, Greece

Milano, Italy
Napoli, Italy
Roma, Italy
Trieste, Italy

Krakow, Poland
Lodz, Poland
Lublin, Poland

Giurgiu, Romania

Barcelona, Spain
Bilbao, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Valencia, Spain

Göteborg, Sweden
Umeå, Sweden

Lugano, Switzerland
St. Gallen, Switzerland

Istanbul, Turkey

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Leeds, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom

List updated in July 2013

Looking at the institutional preconditions of the socio-ecological transition - European cities in the focus


Taking into account the potentially different starting and framework conditions of regions in different parts of the European Union (such as for instance differences between Southern and Northern European countries or Eastern and Western Europe), the research will:

  1. Analyse the role of the regions in Europe for a successful socio-ecological transition to a new path of growth and development
  2. Describe the organisations, regulations and institutions governing the socio-ecological systems on local and regional level
  3. Assess under which conditions these institutions are capable of playing a key role in a socio-ecological transition towards social resilience and strong sustainability
  4. Examine the potential of new institutional arrangements like cooperatives, multi-stakeholder-constructions, local-regional partnerships and networks as organisational frame for sustainable development on the local and regional level.

The field Research

From July to the end of November 2013 in-depth field research is conducted in each of the 40 cities participating. The research team will seek to describe and analyze the role of the various local actors including the local government and community actors in generating the socio-ecological transition in each municipality.

Each city is investigated by a field researcher speaking the local language realizing semi-structured (4) and closed (13) interviews.

In order to analyse the city’s growth in interaction with its environment, interviews' data will be complemented with the collection of indicators and factual data related to economic and demographic situation of the city, as well as to its environmental impacts, focusing on water, energy, and green space.


Work Package 501 is led by Prof. Dr. Thomas Sauer (EAH).

If you would like to contact the research team, feel free to drop us an email:

rocset [a]