Project, work programme, goals & tools

The Project

Climate change is today’s most urgent geopolitical challenge for Europe, and the entire world. It is an unprecedented challenge, one in which different territories, social groups, stakeholders will have to coordinate to a scale never seen before.

For this reason, we think that the ordinary instruments of representative democracy will not cut it: climate change will not stop at administrative borders.

As we need to foster environmental and social governance, we must not forget the role of democratic governance in stabilising paradigmatic changes, such the one that the European Green Deal will entail.

In the last decades, a whole new host of ‘democratic innovations’ has emerged to assist in such processes. Democratic innovations allow citizens to meaningfully participate in political debate, and in finding more inclusive policy solutions.

With PHOENIX we want to raise the bar even higher, by hybridising participatory and deliberative practices.

By doing this, we should be able to design democratic governance procedures that will allow both to collect the positions of people that usually do not engage in politics, as well as reaching a consensus on the best policies for the territories under investigation.

Partners:

Centro de Estudios Sociales

ces.uc.pt

The Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra is a scientific institution focused on research and advanced training in the social sciences and the humanities from an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective, founded in 1978. The core of CES scientific strategy is the goal of democratizing knowledge, reenergizing human rights and contributing to making science a public good.

Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli

fondazionefeltrinelli.it

Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli was founded in 1949 in Milan, first as a library and then as an institute. Over the years the Foundation activities continued to be study and analysis, documenting the most urgent challenges of the present day, in order to understand and tell the ongoing transformations and their impact on future scenarios.

Università degli Studi di Firenze

unifi.it

The Department of Architecture unit of University of Florence (Unifi-DiDA Unit) is composed by professors and researchers whose education and experiences relate to the field of architecture and urban planning. The areas of interests encompass the social and environmental sustainability, the citizens’ participation in public policies and urban projects, the territorial heritage, as well as GIS technologies and cartography. The expertise in such domains has been consolidated over the last decade with numerous national and international collaborations.

Res Publica

respublica-conseil.fr

Experts in public engagement and collaborative dialogue, Res Publica helps institutions, organizations and companies to organize useful and effective dialogues. Res publica promotes a society of dialogue, in which people and actors exchange and think together about a desirable future. Since 2004, Res publica, has created, adapted and improved consultation techniques and tools based on a rigorous and adaptable methodology.

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

cnrs.fr

The French National Centre for Scientific Research is among the world’s leading research institutions. Its scientists explore the living world, matter, the Universe, and the functioning of human societies in order to meet the major challenges of today and tomorrow. Internationally recognised for the excellence of its scientific research, the CNRS is a reference in the world of research and development, as well as for the general public.

The Good Lobby

thegoodlobby.eu

The Good Lobby supports nonprofits, activists, progressive businesses, and philanthropies to shift public policies through a combination of strategic advocacy advice, training and unconventional alliances. We democratize lobbying to make our political system more equal. As we believe that the quality of public decision-making improves when all the different parties can have their opinions heard, we advocate for a more accessible, transparent, accountable, and responsible lobbying environment.

Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas

csic.es

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution in Spain dedicated to research and the third in Europe. 6% of Spain’s R&D professionals work for CSIC and generate roughly 20% of the national scientific production. CSIC is responsible for 125 research centres all over the country and employs around 12,000 workers. CSIC is a reference in quality research in scientific and technical fields of knowledge.

University of Southhampton

southampton.ac.uk

The University of Southampton is one of the most prestigious in the United Kingdom. The university is truly international, drawing students from over 130 different countries and benefiting from a wide and varied culture. It is ranked 8th in the UK for research (Times Higher 2017), and has 97% of its research environment rated as world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework, 2014). It participates in a high number of collaborative research projects and related initiatives.

Szegedi Tudomanyegyetem

u-szeged.hu

The Department of Economic and Social geography is an interdisciplinary research unit of the University of Szeged. The main focus of the work in the department is centred in social and economic changes in the East Central Europe region, specially Hungary. Researchers are dealing with the development of urban areas and regional aspects of social and economic changes.

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

rug.nl

University College Groningen, founded in 2014, is a Faculty of the University of Groningen, one of the world’s top 100 universities. It embraces an interdisciplinary focus on complex societal problems. It provides a top-rated small scale educational environment, and hosts research projects on complex societal phenomena.

e-Governance Academy

ega.ee

The e-Governance Academy (eGA) is a foundation that assists public sector and civil society organisations in making digital transformation happen. Since 2002, eGA trains and advises leaders and stakeholders in using information and communication technology (ICT) to increase the competitiveness, transparency and openness of societies through digital transformation and e-governance. eGA team makes this happen through consultancy, training, research and assisting in the implementation of e-government technical solutions. eGA has cooperated with more that 230 organisations in 132 countries and regions. Most notably, eGA has delivered digital transformation solutions in transitional societies, especially in Eastern and Central Europe, Asia and Africa.

Associação Oficina de Planeamento e Participação

oficina.org.pt

OFICINA is a non-profit entity, which is dedicated to acting in two main areas, namely: i) participatory democracy, through the design, development, monitoring and evaluation of processes of citizen participation; ii) planning and evaluation, especially in the area of public policies. The combination of the two areas is also a priority for OFICINA. OFICINA’s team has very significant experience in the design of methodologies and tools for citizen participation, owning a large network of institutional partners. OFICINA’s members have worked for 3 years as consultants for the design, development and evaluation of the national Youth Participatory Budgeting process in Portugal.

OneSource Consultoria Informatica Lda

onesource.pt

OneSource, Consultoria Informática Lda. (ONESOURCE) is a Portuguese SME specialized in the areas of data communications, security, networking and systems management, including the consultancy, auditing, de-sign, development and lifetime administration of specialized IT solutions for corporate networks, public-sector institutions, utilities and telecommunications operators. OneSource is a technological spin-of the Instituto Pedro Nunes, a non-profit private organization for innovation and technology transfer between the University of Coimbra and the industry and business sectors.

University of Iceland

hi.is

The University of Iceland (UoI), founded in 1911, is a progressive educational and scientific institution. It is a research led state university, situated in the heart of Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. A modern, diversified and rapidly developing institution, the University of Iceland offers opportunities for study and research in almost 400 programs spanning most fields of science and scholarship. It is the largest teaching and research institution in Iceland.

Universidade de Coimbra

uc.pt

UC is a reference in higher education and R&D in Portugal, due to the quality of the courses taught and to the advances achieved in pure and applied research in various scientific domains. UC pursues a policy of continuous improvement in several areas, ensuring high standards of teaching and research. The continuous technological development promoted by the UC’s different R&D units addresses the challenges involved in the design, operation and regulation of technologies, bringing together teachers from different scientific disciplines with a long experience in teaching, research, technology transfer and consultancy in different areas.