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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-03-01 - 2025-02-28

The aim of the project is to maximize the material product cycle of wood in multistorey construction for carbon sink purposes. Hybrid wood construction elements will be resused or recycled in multiple life cycles for being used as secondary raw materials. Priority is the multiple cascadic use of wood. The project aims at the following specific aims: 1. Detailed development of reuse and recycling concepts 2. Ecological ex-ante quantification of environmental effects 3. Determination of the level of expected reuse in various steps of use 4. Study of simple detachable connections 5. Conceptual development and test of recycling of wooden hybrid construction elements 6. Study of the impact of relevant policy fields on the use of wood in multistorey construction 7. Analysis of attitudes and the role of actors in the field of wood in construction 8. Formulation of measures for the support of innovations in the wood construction sector
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-11-01 - 2022-07-31

There is a surge of interest in recent years in climate citizen assemblies (CCA) worldwide and several high-profile processes have been carried out or a planned currently. This development feeds into an on-going international debate about reforming democracy by using deliberative ‘minipublics’ which are constituted by randomly selected citizens in order to promote two normative ideals at once: ensuring sustainability while safeguarding democracy. Novel deliberative method(s) offer a response to the deficiencies of representative democracy as part of a wider effort by democratic institutions to become more open to citizen’s input and collective knowledge. The proposed project "Scientific assessment of the Austrian Climate Citizens’ Assembly" (SACCA) contributes to the analysis and advancement of democratic innovations in the context of climate policy and provides evidence to guide future good practices and opportunities for institutionalizing citizens’ deliberation in Austria. The project will conduct an interdisciplinary assessment of the Austrian Climate Citizens’ Assembly and compares the Austrian process and results with other deliberative minipublics at the national level. The project is structured into six work packages (WP) that describe the project’s assessment approach, which is guided by international standards of project evaluation.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-05-01 - 2024-10-31

The project examines the extent to which the European Union involves non-governmental organisations, trade unions, business and consumer associations in the design and implementation of its policies to address inequalities in its neighbourhood. On the one hand, the project will conduct an organisational survey with non-governmental organisations in countries in the EU's southern and eastern neighbourhood. On the other hand, based on qualitative research in Ukraine, Georgia, Tunisia, Morocco, two dimensions addressing inequalities and discrimination in three policy fields will be investigated (migration, environment, food security). In the governance dimension, we analyse the impact of non-state actors' participation on the democratic legitimacy of EU-related policies. In the policy dimension, we examine the substantive impact on addressing economic, social, cultural and territorial inequalities.

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