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Reference Number ES/J019607/1
Title Urban Low Carbon Transitions: A Comparative International Network - Australia, China, India, South Africa, US and UK
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Politics and International Studies) 50%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Development Studies) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 25%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 50%;
Principal Investigator Professor S (Simon ) Marvin
No email address given
Durham University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 29 September 2012
End Date 28 September 2016
Duration 48 months
Total Grant Value £25,357
Industrial Sectors
Region North East
Programme International
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor S (Simon ) Marvin , Geography, Durham University (99.992%)
  Other Investigator Dr HA Bulkeley , Geography, Durham University (0.001%)
Professor M Swilling , Sch of Public Management and Planning, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (0.001%)
Dr M Francesch-Huidobro , Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong (0.001%)
Professor P M McGuirk , UNLISTED, University of Newcastle Callaghan (0.001%)
Mr A Revi , Research, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (0.001%)
Professor R Horne , Global Studies Social Sci and Planning, RMIT University, Australia (0.001%)
Dr W Solecki , UNLISTED, Hunter College CUNY (0.001%)
Dr P Romero-Lankao , Research Application Laboratry, National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), USA (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , RMIT University, Australia (0.000%)
Project Contact , Stellenbosch University, South Africa (0.000%)
Project Contact , City University of Hong Kong (0.000%)
Project Contact , Indian Institute for Human Settlements (0.000%)
Project Contact , Hunter College CUNY (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Newcastle Australia (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Colorado at Boulder, USA (0.000%)
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Abstract International research suggests that in response to climate change global cities are now engaging in strategic efforts to effect a low carbon transition. That is, to enhance resilience and secure resources in the face of the impacts of climate change, resource constraints and in relation to new government and market pressures for carbon control. But significant questions remain unexplored. First, limited research has been undertaken internationally to comparatively examine how different cities in the north and south are responding to the challenges of climate change. Second, it is not clear whether the strategic intent of low carbon transitions can be realised in different urban contexts.Consequently, we propose to establish an international network, to be undertaken between leading scholars on urban climate change responses as an important step towards addressing these deficits. The network will focus on the research and policy issues involved in comparing and researching the broader dynamics and implications of low carbon urbanism. This network includes Australia, China, India, South Africa and the US and builds on existing scholars and research teams with whom we currently have bilateral and ad hoc collaborations. Our proposed collaboration is designed to create greater density of network connections and enhancing the depth of each connection by three sets of initiatives:1. International Networking Opportunities: The first element of the ESRC initiative will be to support significant international research opportunities for UK researchers. We will undertake programmed and structure visits to each national context to: increase knowledge of one another's research and plans; to gain intelligence about the research landscape in the partner countries in this field in order to build up a global picture of research expertise; to exchange ideas about possible future collaborative research projects; and to build personal relationships that are at the heart of successful long-distance research partnerships.2. International Comparative Collaboration: The second element of the network is to facilitate interaction between the partners in the research network and with a wider group of UK and international researchers through two connected forum that will meet four times. A. International Research Workshops (Network partners plus other relevant UK and international researchers). These meetings will focus primarily on enhancing comparison and collaboration with a wider group of researchers but will also serve as an important opportunity for developing publications in the form of special issues and edited collections. B. Network Partners Research Forum (Network partners only). The network will also sponsor a number of much smaller research forums, focused on the network partners. These workshops will enable a structured and protected space for the partners to share the findings from their ongoing work, and to explore and examine the implications of theissues and themes emerging from the larger workshops in this context.3. International Network Infrastructure: The third element will focus on establishing the necessary infrastructure for promoting effective international research collaboration. The network will pursue two projects. A. Information Infrastructure: Durham will establish a website that facilitates collaboration among international partners. All partner researchers and institutions will have the opportunity to present and regularly update information about their ongoing research. The website will also serve as a base for communicating about events, visits, awards, etc. The website will also host audio and video recordings of workshops. B. International Network Coordinator: Additionally Durham will support a 20% network coordinator to manage and organize the visits, workshops, teleconferences and the website.
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