An ongoing renaissance is taking place in European (smart) cities and regions. The key approach of REPLICATE EU lighthouse project (#ReplicateEU), funded by the European Commission, H2020 framework, is in recognising the inherent complexity of urban challenges and the distinctiveness of European cities and regions. REPLICATE project advocates innovative approaches to citizenship, with the aim of involving citizens as stakeholders at all stages in each experimental socio-technical pilot in the metropolitan areas of three lighthouse (San Sebastián – Spain, Florence – Italy, and Bristol – UK) and three follower/fellow cities (Essen – Germany, Lausanne – Switzerland, and Nilüfer – Turkey).
The main objective of REPLICATE project is the development and validation of a sustainable city business model to enhance the transition process to a smart city in the areas of the energy efficiency, sustainable mobility and ICT/Infrastructure in three lighthouse cities, in order to accelerate the deployment of innovative technologies in the three follower cities.
In order to achieve this policy goal, the University of Oxford, through its Future of Cities programme at COMPAS, acting as the workpackage leader of ‘Replication’, is leading the replication strategy implementing the following tasks through stakeholders’ workshops:
(i) assessing the critical factors in each follower/fellow city;
(ii) conducting a survey and fieldwork research to measure the stakeholders’ interdependencies;
(iii) implementing the ‘City-to-City-Learning’ Programme (#City2CityLearning) as a knowledge exchange intensive programme among the stakeholders in the lighthouse and follower/fellow cities during the whole year 2019; and ultimately,
(iv) establishing the replication plans for follower/fellow cities.
For further information:
European Commission – H2020 – INEA (Innovation & Networks Executive Agency)
News and Media:
Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK
Presumably, the future belongs to the European cities and regions that genuinely embrace city-to-city learning processes and attempt to fulfil the promise of smart cities (Coletta, Evans, Heaphy, and Kitchin, 2018; Calzada and Cobo, 2015; Calzada, 2018). However, new social, institutional, and also political transitions agreed upon multistakeholders policy schemes are required for European cities and regions to face emerging techno-political challenges while avoiding the algorithmic control of big corporations. Thus, the rationale behind the approach implemented by the University of Oxford, Future of Cities Programme, is based on the core idea that a ‘city-to-city-learning’ programme is required as the most effective replication strategy among cities, far from the assumption of the city as a solely predictable and rational machinery.
The work of the Replication WP leader in Replicate EU project covers the following areas of Knowledge Exchange and impact-related activities:
So far in the project, this are the three preliminary findings: