Innovative City Solutions for Denmark - co financed phd
Now more than ever, cities need to compete domestically and globally for investment and economic growth while dealing with the weaknesses of their social, economic and environmental frameworks. Therefore, cities need to invest profoundly in sustainable city solutions. However, traditional governance and finance mechanisms are often inadequate to meet these demands as adaptation mechanisms are missing. Even though we know the solutions, we do not know HOW to implement them, including questions like who the key stakeholders (decision makers, investors, beneficiaries, etc.) are. In short, the question remains how do we govern and finance our cities? In the Danish context, the biggest urban challenges are the lack of know-how, resources, long-term investment, and project planning. Especially deprived and abandoned neighbourhoods have long been overseen when it comes to the implementation of sustainable city solutions, such as nature-based solutions (NBS). NBS are used for the enhancement of natural capital and to incur growth in green local jobs. The future of urban regeneration lies in the implementation of nature-based and sustainable city solutions marketable and adaptable at the same time. Hence, the overall aims of this Ph.D. project are to identify environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable solutions that advance urban regeneration through NBS that have proved effective in one city and to develop a methodology used to adapt these solutions to other cities. The Ph.D. project will be based on research conducted for the Horizon 2020 EU funded URBiNAT (Urban Inclusive and Innovative Nature) project which focuses on the regeneration of deprived districts in urban development through innovative NBS.