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Crowdsourcing Urban Sustainability Governance. Exploring innovative governance models for addressing urban sustainability through ICT-people interaction

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Project "CROWD_USG" data sheet

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Organization address
city: GENT
postcode: 9000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website
 Total cost 172˙800 €
 EC max contribution 172˙800 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-06-01   to  2019-05-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT GENT BE (GENT) coordinator 172˙800.00


 Project objective

The project explores the potential of crowdsourcing (an online, distributed problem-solving process for creative solutions development) to advance innovative urban sustainability governance (USG) models. It is intended to investigate whether and how crowdsourcing can be appropriate for: - dealing with the mutable, multi-scalar and complex character of urban sustainability (including environmental protection and democracy provisions); - activating real participatory processes in knowledge production and decision-making; - empowering technological agency of heterogeneous actor-networks for narrowing the gap between research results and policy applications. Research hypothesis are tested against evidences collected through investigation on the city of Ghent (Belgium), whose commitment for achieving urban sustainability goals through people’s participation, technological development and public-private partnerships makes it a forefront example in the European panorama. Actor-Network Theory framework and Scenario Building analysis are adopted for modelling current material-semiotic fluxes in USG; and for prefiguring future social, political and economic development determined by the introduction of crowdsourcing processes. Scientific results will include: - the assessment of the most appropriate crowdsourcing processes for citizens, administrations and business to collaboratively produce an innovative USG model; - the provision of policy-suggestions for the implementation of crowdsourcing-based participatory processes for USG in the context of European cities. Scientific and logistic support for the research will be provided by the Centre for Sustainable Development at Ghent University, whose leading experience on sustainable cities, transition governance, scenarios-building and future studies will provide applicant with the necessary expertise and assistance for establishing a European academic career in science, technology and society studies.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 C.Certomà, M. Sonderman and S. Noori (eds)
Urban Gardening and the Struggles of Social and Spatial Justice
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2019 Chiara Certomà, Lorenzo Chelleri, Bruno Notteboom
The ‘fluid governance’ of urban public spaces. Insights from informal planning practices in Rome
published pages: 4209801881973, ISSN: 0042-0980, DOI: 10.1177/0042098018819734
Urban Studies 2019-08-05
2019 J. van der Heijden, H. Bulkeley, and C. Certomà
Promises and Concerns of the Urban Century: Agency and Empowerment
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Urban Climate Politics. Agency and Empowerment 2019-08-05
2019 C.Certomà, Sonderman and S. Noori
Urban gardening and the quest for just uses of space in Europe
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Urban Gardening and the Struggles of Social and Spatial Justice 2019-08-05
2019 J. van der Heijden, H. Bulkeley, and C. Certomà (eds.)
Urban Climate Politics. Agency and Empowerment
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2019 F. Mancebo, C. Certomà
Planning Urban Futures: Addressing the Sustainability-Justice Nexus in the Light of Urban Agriculture
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Urban Climate Politics. Agency and Empowerment 2019-08-05
2019 J. van der Heijden, C. Certomà and H. Bulkeley (2019)
The politics of urban climate futures: recognition, experimentation, orchestration
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Urban Climate Politics. Agency and Empowerment 2019-08-05
2019 Chiara Certomà, Federico Martellozzo
Cultivating urban justice? A spatial exploration of urban gardening crossing spatial and environmental injustice conditions
published pages: 60-70, ISSN: 0143-6228, DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2019.03.007
Applied Geography 106 2019-08-05
2019 Filippo Corsini, Chiara Certomà, Mark Dyer, Marco Frey
Participatory energy: Research, imaginaries and practices on people\' contribute to energy systems in the smart city
published pages: 322-332, ISSN: 0040-1625, DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2018.07.028
Technological Forecasting and Social Change 142 2019-08-05

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