Horizon Europe DUST
Democratising jUst Sustainability Transitions (DUST) project develops and operationalises novel participatory instruments for proactive and strategic citizen engagement in sustainability transitions. It combines design-led territorial tools with digital tools for citizen deliberation at scale. The project addresses a defining societal and democratic challenge for Europe, which is to hear the voices of least engaged communities, especially in structurally weak regions dependent on energy- intensive industries, which will be most affected by transitions towards a more sustainable future. Our team at TU Delft leads the project.
Horizon Europe UP2030
UP2030 aims to guide cities through the socio-technical transitions required to meet their climate neutrality ambitions. It will do so by enabling a quantum leap from a ́business as usual ́, project-by-project decarbonisation approach to a vision-driven, strategy-based approach that is anchored on sound projects and renewed policy development. The approach uses urban planning and design as a vehicle to create better connected, more compact, net-zero neighbourhoods in the city pilots – i.e. neighbourhoods that promote liveability and, through designing with intent, promote mitigation action. The TU Delft team’s role is to work on up-skilling the pilot cities’ stakeholder ecosystem to engage them in transitions towards carbon-neutral futures.
Interreg Europe WaVE
WaVE stands for Water-linked heritage Valorization by developing an Ecosystemic approach. The project aims to improve existing policy instruments across five European locations for integrated valorisation approaches of cultural heritage, to sparkle ideas for the creation of new projects, and to raise awareness for the subject at other cities and regions in Europe. I lead the TU Delft project team. Our role is that of a knowledge partner, providing methodologies for knowledge transfer, co-creative stakeholder engagement and development of action plans, feedback and advice to the five cities and regions involved.
ESPON COMPASS and its spin off
COMPASS (Comparative Analysis of Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning Systems in Europe) investigated the changes in territorial governance and spatial planning systems and policies across Europe. In particular, the project investigated whether and how EU directives and policies influenced those changes and identified potential for cross-fertilisation between EU Cohesion Policy and spatial planning. ESPON COMPASS Spin Off project (2020-2021) explores further the scope for this cross-fertilisation in a dialogue with practitioners and experts from 32 European countries.
- Nadin, V., Stead, D., Dąbrowski, M., Fernandez Maldonado, A.M. (2020) Integrated, adaptive and participatory spatial planning: trends across Europe
REPAiR focused on how the design of physical structures and their social and urban metabolisms, including health, economy, well-being and happiness, are affected by material flows and their environmental impacts. In other words, the project explored the spatial, social, metabolic, and governance dimensions of circular economy.
- Dąbrowski, M., Varju, V., Amenta, L. (2019) Transferring Circular Economy Solutions across Differentiated Territories: Understanding and Overcoming the Barriers for Knowledge Transfer
- Obersteg, A., Arlati, A., Acke, A., Berruti, G., Czapiewski, K., Dąbrowski, et al. (2019) Urban Regions Shifting to Circular Economy: Understanding Challenges for New Ways of Governance
COHESIFY investigated whether and how EU Cohesion Policy spending in differentiated European regions affects the ways in which the citizens of those regions perceive and identify with the European Union. I lead the TU Delft team focusing on the role of governance, the regional determinants of EU image among citizens and the Dutch case study.
- Dąbrowski, M., Spaans, M., Fernandez-Maldonado, A. M., Rocco, R. (2020) Cohesion Policy and the citizens’ perceptions of the EU: the role of communication and implementation
- Dąbrowski, M., Stead, D., & Mashhoodi, B. (2019) EU Cohesion Policy can’t buy me love? Exploring the regional determinants of EU image
Urban Studies Foundation Post-doctoral Research Fellowship: Responding to Climate Change Challenges
Post-doctoral research project, supported by a prestigious individual grant from the USF. The research explored the governance challenges that integration of spatial planning and flood risk management in cities and urban regions brings. It focused on the South Wing of the Randstad in the Netherlands and the cities of the Pearl River Delta, namely Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. A video summary can be seen here.
- Dąbrowski, M. (2018) Boundary Spanning for Governance of Climate Change Adaptation in Cities: Insights from a Dutch Urban Region
- Francesch-Huidobro, M., Dąbrowski, M., Tai, Y., Chan, F., Stead, D. (2017) Governance challenges of flood-prone delta cities: Integrating flood risk management and climate change in spatial planning
Energy and Cohesion: Governance, Regulations and Negotiations
Investigation of the governance and acceptance challenges concerning wind turbines and biomass energy production across European regions. Project led by CNRS CERI (Sciences Po, Paris), funded by the French Agence Nationale de Recherche.
- Dąbrowski, M. (2016). Chapitre 2 / Pays-bas : La province de Hollande-septentrionale. In F. Bafoil (ed.) L’énergie éolienne en Europe, Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, pp. 65-96.
ESPON Financial Instruments and Territorial Cohesion
The project entailed a territorial analysis on the impacts of European Structural and Investment Funds’ financial instruments as part of EU Cohesion Policy. My role was to conduct a case study in Wielkopolskie region, Poland.
- Dąbrowski, M. (2019) Financial Instruments and Territorial Cohesion Wielkopolskie region, Poland. Case Study Report