On Friday 30th September the project European Cities as Actors in Climate and Energy Transformation was officially opened at an event at Kafé Muntlig at the Student Centre at the University of Bergen.
Around 50 colleagues and collaborating partners showed up to hear more about the project and celebrate the awarding. The project is funded by Bergen Research Foundation (BFS) and has been awarded to researcher Håvard Haarstad.
At the event Haarstad presented the project and his research group SpaceLab (Spaces of Climate and Energy Laboratory). SpaceLab is a research group that conducts research on climate, energy and society in a geographical perspective. In addition to Haarstad, the group consists of the PhD fellows Tarje Iversen Wanvik, Stina Ellevseth Oseland, Kristin Kjærås, Jakob Grandin, and a research assistant, Karin Lillevold.
The project aims at looking into how cities collaborate on climate and energy transformations, and how policy ideas and models circulating in inter-city policy networks have to be translated in innovative ways when urban governance actors attempt to adopt them in particular cities. The way cities are planned and built is a key determinant for energy consumption and CO2 emissions. With the funding from BFS, the group get access to new work capacity and expertise, as the money will primarily be spent on hiring PhDs and postdocs. The project is awarded 9,7 million NOK (ca 1 million Euros) by BFS, and has a total budget of 22,8 million (2 million Euros).
In his speech, Haarstad expressed great gratitude towards BFS for the recognition, and for being given the opportunity to pursue further with this research. Congratulatory speeches were given by dean at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Knut Helland; leader of Bergen Research Foundation, Sveinung Hole, and head of the Department of Geography, Svein Olaf Dahl. Stay tuned for new exciting research!