Local responses and solutions
Local authorities – from large cities to small municipalities – are increasingly forced to respond to larger scale processes of change, such as climate change, urbanization and changes in energy systems. The way in which these changes are experienced, perceived and responded to is often overlooked in research on global transformations, yet they are critical to how the changes affect livelihoods. SpaceLab projects on local responses examine the implementation of climate adaptation plans in Norwegian cities and explores energy transitions at different scales. SpaceLab also arranges a number of field courses that explore local responses to global change.
Current projects on local responses
As climate changes are affecting more and more areas of society, the policies concerning climate change have to be integrated into the governance of these other areas. The project looks at climate planning in Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim. A particular focus is how climate and energy action plans are operationalized and implemented as a response to a changing climate and a need for energy transformations.
GOVLAND examines the core legal instruments for regulating the balance between national and municipal power in Norwegian land use planning. The project is based at the Faculty of Law, and SpaceLab has one work package in the project.
Akademiaavtalen, Statoil/UiB 2014-2018.
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Haarstad, H and Rusten, G. In press. The challenges of greening energy: policy/industry dissonance at the Mongstad refinery, Norway. Environment and Planning C: Government & Policy.
Ballo, I.F. (2015). Imagining energy futures: Sociotechnical imaginaries of the future Smart Grid in Norway. Energy Research and Social Science, Vol. 9, pp. 9-20.
In public media
Vatle, S, Wanvik, T, Skoglund, R, Oseland, S: Frem med sydvesten, Bergens Tidende, September 04, 2015
Haarstad, H and Oseland, S. E. 2015: En gang var vi en oljenasjon, Bergens Tidende, July 13 2015.