Third-party funded project

Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow - Foresight for Sustainable Pathways Towards liveable, affordable and prospering Cities in a World Context (POCACITO)

Research Department: Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods

IRS Research Topic: Forms and Implications of Spatial Governance Crisis and Resilience in Multi-level Governance Spatial Path Development and Institutional Change

Project Leader within IRS: Prof. Dr. Kristine Kern

Project Team: Dr. Ross Beveridge

Consortium: Ecologic Institute (Coordination) Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space Energy Cities Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Inteligência em Inovacão, Centro de Inovacão Istanbul Teknik Universitesi Joanneum Research Polytechnic University of Turin Swedish Environmental Research Institute United Nation Development Network Croatia Univerzita Karlova V Praze Aarhus Universitet Centre for European Policy Studies

Funding Organization: European Union

Duration: 01/2014 - 12/2016


By 2050, climate change and the energy transition will have profoundly changed the face of big cities in the EU. Cities are responsible for the lion’s share of greenhouse gas emissions, yet with regard to sustainable development of the environment, economy and society, they also offer the greatest potential for innovation and efficiency.

The IRS participated in the EU research consortium “Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow – foresight for sustainable pathways towards liveable, affordable and prospering cities in a world context (POCACITO)”. This project developed a roadmap for the transition to a sustainable, post-fossil fuel economic model. This concept includes changes to energy systems, water supply, traffic, waste management, regional economic cycles, housing, environmental protection, political governance and education.

At the IRS, Prof. Dr. Kristine Kern and Dr. Ross Beveridge (research department “Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods”) led work package 2, which developed an inventory of urban sustainability initiatives. Together with the project partners, Kern and Beveridge identified and evaluated innovative approaches for the “post-carbon transition” in 100 EU cities. Within three thematic fields (citywide initiatives, pilot projects at a neighbourhood level and sectoral political initiatives) they compiled good practices. As a next step, they developed a typology that helps cities to make informed choices about particular measures. Moreover, they analysed both national and EU-wide measures. This work paved the way for subsequent work packages, which a) implemented case studies in a number of EU cities, b) developed theoretically and empirically well-founded scenarios and their quantitative analysis and c) supported the implementation of measures within a “marketplace of ideas”.



Jensen, A., Stumpp, I., & Kern, K. Drawing Lessons from Good City Practices: Promoting Post-Carbon Transitions
Beveridge, R., & Döhler, F. (2015). Report on Good National and EU Practices. (Pocacito Report). Berlin: Ecologic Institute.
Döhler, F., Beveridge, R., & Luebke, M. (2014). Good City Practices Inventory. (Pocacito Report). Berlin: Ecologic Institute.
Beveridge, R., Ridgway, M., Kern, K., Stroia, C., Fujiwara, N., Dupas, S., & Sterzel, T. (2015). Leading Mid-Sized EU Cities in Post-Carbon Transitions: Towards a Preliminary Typology. (Pocacito Report). Berlin: Ecologic Institute.
Beveridge, R., Döhler, F., & Sterzel, T. (2014). Report on Leading Cities Inventory. (Pocacito Report). Berlin: Ecologic Institute.