Transformative Cities: Coupling citizen-inspired geospatial and transformative governance methods to promote carbon neutral and climate resilient cities by 2035

Project description

To enable rapid transformations towards carbon neutrality and climate resilience in urban areas of Finland, a much deeper understanding is needed about how people actually live in urban settings and how this local knowledge can be combined with urban policy, law and planning practice. Transformative Cities aims to create an integrated set of mobility modelling, participatory mapping and governance methods for enabling sustainable urban lifestyles. This includes transport mode shifts from car use to more sustainable transportation options (e.g., e-bikes, active mobility, shared transport) in ways that promote healthy environmental exposures through nature-based solutions (NBS). We use these combined methods in order to assess opportunities and constraints to transformation to carbon neutrality and climate resilience in cities by 2035, and to co-create planning practices, policy options and business strategies to promote behaviours in support of sustainable urban lifestyles.

Research themes

Active living and urban lifestyles

Participatory planning

Justice and sustainability

Project details

  • Start date:
    January 1, 2023
  • End date:
    December 31, 2025
  • Location:
  • Funded by:
    Transformative Cities has received funding from the European Union – NextGenerationEU instrument and is funded by the Academy of Finland under grant number No 352943.
  • Objectives:

Project contact

Christopher Raymond

University of Helsinki

Team members

  • Marketta Kyttä
  • Nora Fagerholm
  • Ossi Kotavaara

Participating partners

Related publications

Participatory Mapping Institute
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