Open Urban Sustainability Hubs (OPUSH)
Local knowledge infrastructures like libraries and museums have the prerequisites to play a vital role in promoting research and action towards urban sustainability. In the international research project "Open Urban Sustainability Hubs" (OPUSH) librarians, scientists, community managers, city administration and members of the general public are working together toward building a community of practice for sustainable urban development. In several Citizen Science pilot projects in Vienna, Delft, Barcelona and Tallinn, we are engaging with local communities and together with citizens as co-researchers we gather valuable data for city planning, which is shared openly and with the city administration to encourage inclusive forms of participation in the re-designing of public spaces.
OPUSH is thereby contributing to the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 3 (good health and well-being), SDG 4 (quality education) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).
OPUSH focuses on making knowledge about sustainable urban development more visible and comprehensible. Through capacity building for knowledge infrastructures such as libraries and museums we aim to make knowledge production more inclusive and participatory. Giving access to infrastructures and stakeholder networks to local communities OPUSH opens up new possibilities for transformative action in sustainable urban development.
How to participate
OPUSH has several pilots running parallel in Vienna, Barcelona, Delft and Tallinn. These pilots are engaging with local communities on a regional level. It is best to follow the news on our project homepage to find out more about possibilities to participate.
Each pilot works with different methods of participatory research. Mostly we are working with methdos from the social sciences and urban planning like workshops and community mappings. The only neccessary tool to participate in some pilots is a smartphone.
Funding bodies: European Research Council (ERC)The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
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