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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-01-01 - 2019-12-31

Since the adoption of the first European Strategy for Environmental Accounting (ESEA) in 2003, European leaders have recognized the important role of environmental accounting as an instrument for sustainable development and for EU environmental policy. Together with the national statistical offices, Eurostat is responsible for reporting environmental accounting. In order to support member states in the preparation of data for environmental accounts, Eurostat is providing manuals, questionnaires and data bases, or conducts pilot studies in individual countries. Respective material is available on the Eurostat website. Eurostat carries out some of its activities by awarding contracts for the provision of services relating to the various fields of the European statistical programme. This contract is about supporting service on data production and development of physical environmental accounts (Lot 2). Therein, the Institute of Social Ecology is involved in task 2 on economy-wide material flow accounts, which includes the following activities in the year 2019: (1) Compilation of a timeseries Domestic Processed Outputs (DPO) for 2005-2016 (2) Manuscript for a statistical article on economy-wide material balance (3) Standard methods for decomposition analysis with AEA: EXCEL calculation tool
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-05-01 - 2022-04-30

The general objective of CONSOLE is to boost innovation in the delivery of lasting AECPGs by EU agriculture and forestry. It will be pursued by building a community of practice, designing and testing effective and efficient cooperation models and developing a contractual framework supporting implementation by multiple actors. Specific objectives are to: 1.Elaborate an operational contractual framework supporting the analysis of existing agri-environment-climate contracts (AECCs) and the design of more effective ones, accompanied by solutions to facilitate policy making, stakeholder interplay and to incentivise contract uptake; 2.Distill lessons learned from past and ongoing experiences through the structured qualitative assessment of successful innovative and effective contract solutions for the delivery of specific or multiple AECPGs in the EU and in third countries; 3.Analyse the acceptability and ease of implementation of innovative contract solutions through a survey involving a wide range of farmers, rural landowners and other key contract actors in 12 EU Member States; 4.Explore further contract design options and empirically evaluate their economic, social and environmental performance using simulation models; 5.Build a community of practice co-constructing, testing and implementing new solutions through animation and participatory co-training, contributing to multiply impacts; 6.Make the CONSOLE results known and operative for a wide range of interested actors and stakeholders (farmers, farm advisors, administration, business along value chains, NGOs, etc.) through dissemination and outreach, hence impacting on the ground by ensuring a major transition in AECCs practices in Europe.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-05-01 - 2021-07-31

Co-creation practice – and co-creation research – are at a crossroads: More than ever, initiatives to boost innovation through collaboration among diverse actors are flourishing across Europe. Yet, this mainstreaming poses new challenges to better understand “co-creation processes and outcomes under various cultural, societal and regulatory backgrounds to allow better-targeted policy support” (SwafS-13-17). To date, no systematic studies exist that detail how co-creation instruments operate under different socio-cultural conditions, i.e. if “best practices” will be effective elsewhere or if the resulting products and services are compatible with new markets. SCALINGS addresses the challenge of mainstreaming co-creation across a diverse Europe head-on: In the first ever rigorous comparative study, we will investigate the implementation, uptake, and outcomes of three co-creation instruments (public procurement of innovation, co-creation facilities, and living labs) in two technical domains (robotics and urban energy) across 10 countries. Using comparative case studies and coordinated cross-country experiments, we explore if and how these instruments can be generalized, transferred, or scaled up to new socio-cultural, economic, or institutional conditions to unleash their innovative power. Based on this unique data set, we will develop two new transformative frameworks – “situated co-creation” and “socially robust scaling” – to guide the wider dissemination of co-creation. We will synthesize our findings into an “EU Policy Roadmap” to support ongoing EU innovation policy efforts. Empirically, SCALINGS is closely integrated with over two dozen European co-creation initiatives that deal with cross-cultural transferability on a daily basis. Together with these partners, we will co-create enhanced practices that feed directly back into their work and strategy. Finally, we will launch a training program (“boot camp”) on co-creation in diverse settings for other EU consortia.

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