Research Group on Sustainable Cities and Everyday Practice

Organization profile

Organisation profile

Head of Research Group: Kirsten Gram-Hanssen.

Everyday practices and the organization of cities and households are crucial for a sustainable transition. New technical solutions cannot stand alone, but need to be understood in the context of social organizations and should therefore be developed in cooperation between citizens, authorities and private companies.

Need for new knowledge

The physical layout of cities is crucial for people’s everyday life and low resource consumption. Consumption patterns evolve in still more consuming ways, and knowledge about the relationship between the physical layout of cities and the practices of various social groups is essential to understand and prevent this increasing consumption. The energy system is going through a restructuring with an increasing share of fluctuating renewable energy, and smart energy solutions aim to balance consumption and production. Here, knowledge about the timing of everyday practices is significant. There is also a need for more knowledge about the processes behind the design of cities as well as new tools to be used by local authorities, businesses and citizens in decision-making on physical development. Furthermore, there are differences between urban and rural areas as well as internal divisions in cities in relation to growth and development that must be reflected in future solutions for sustainable transitions.

Research efforts

The research group works empirically and theoretically with household consumption and everyday practice as well as with public, private and civil actors' initiatives in the development of cities and residential areas. The empirical work on household consumption focuses on understanding differences in energy consumption and how households respond to initiatives aimed at changing domestic consumption, including how self-production of energy, such as rooftop solar cells, influences attitudes towards consumption. The theoretical work on household consumption aims at developing practice theory to better include analyzes of gender and social background as well as the importance of ethical norms. The empirical work with cities and residential areas examines local community dynamics, sustainable urban renewal, improving vulnerable urban neighborhoods, climate adaptation in cities, and the integration of the energy and the housing sector at the area level. Urban transition and renewal are analyzed on basis of the theory of sustainable social and economic community development, international literature on New Public Governance and theories on governance, management and organizational learning in complex private-public interaction.

Cooperation

The group collaborates with a wide range of Danish actors within the city, housing and supply sectors such as municipalities, utilities, public and private partnerships, private companies and NGOs. In addition, we collaborate with Danish and international universities and research institutions in order to provide a national and international knowledge base for decision making related to urban and residential sustainable transition. The group members participate in a number of academic networks, such as SCORAIEURA, ECEEE, and the ESA research network on consumption.

Application

The results of the group are communicated through newspapers, professional journals, presentations and direct collaboration with all relevant actors within the development of cities, housing and utilities. In addition, the research is disseminated internationally through scientific journals, by participation in international conferences and through a number of teaching programs at AAU-CPH, including the graduate programs “City, Housing and Settlement” and “Sustainable Cities”.

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Energy utilization Engineering & Materials Science
Heating Engineering & Materials Science
energy Social Sciences
theory-practice Social Sciences
energy consumption Social Sciences
Space heating Engineering & Materials Science
Retrofitting Engineering & Materials Science
communication technology Social Sciences

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Projects 2013 2028

Research Output 2016 2019

(Re)introducing Embodied Practical Understandings to the Sociology of Sustainable Consumption

Jacobsen, M. H. & Hansen, A. R., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Consumer Culture.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Aging population in Danish single-family houses: Energy efficiency and other challenges illustrated by the “Single-family housing atlas” and home research

Mechlenborg, M. & Jensen, J. O., 22 Jan 2019, (Submitted).

Research output: Contribution to conference without publisher/journalConference abstract for conferenceResearch

Architectural Transformation of Disadvantaged Housing Areas: Editors' note

Mechlenborg, M., Bech-Danielsen, C. & Stender, M., 5 Apr 2019, In : Nordic Journal of Architectural Research . 2019, 1, p. 5- 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearch

Activities 2013 2019

The 2019 Intellectual Party - Lancaster University, Session "Everything Practices"

Simon Peter Aslak Kondrup Larsen (Lecturer)
2 Jul 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

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Midt-fyn: Boligdrømme og boligtendenser

Mette Mechlenborg (Lecturer)
13 Jun 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

eceee Summer Study 3-8 June, 2019, "Panel 5: Smart and sustainable communities"

Simon Peter Aslak Kondrup Larsen (Lecturer)
7 Jun 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

Press / Media

Solcelleejere er glade for deres anlæg

Anders Rhiger Hansen

04/07/2019

2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media