• Decarbonising Cities

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Decarbonising Cities: Assessing Governance Approaches for Transformative Change

The Decarbonising Cities project focuses on the topic of sustainable urban development. The team analyses governance approaches and impact assessments in cities that are engaged in transformative action towards zero emissions. More specifically, the research addresses the following question: Which governance approaches facilitate successful transformative change towards zero carbon cities? The focus thereby lies on actor constellations, financial resources, and impact assessment.


The research is affiliated to a larger project on “Transformative Urban Coalitions: Catalysing Urban Partnerships to Drive Systemic Transformation Towards Sustainability” (IKI-TUC), financed by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) under its International Climate Initiative (IKI). IKI-TUC is going to implement pilot projects in five Latin American urban labs. One of DIE’s main roles in this project will be to set up and conduct impact-oriented accompanying research jointly with local partners. “Decarbonizing Cities” is designed as preparatory and supportive research for this larger project.


The “Decarbonising Cities” project presented here follows a two-stage research approach: In a first step, an online survey is conducted with several hundred city government officials worldwide. In a second step, the research team carries out in-depth case studies to gain deeper insights. The approach aims at identifying success factors and obstacles for socio-ecologic transformation in cities.


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