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Research Projects

Funder: Scottish Universities Insight Institute
Scale of funding: £25 K - Total £50 K
Start date: Nov 2010
Completion: Nov 2011

Research at DJCAD
Designing the transition to sustainability: resourcing community resilience

Main project collaborators

PI: Hamid van Koten – Design History Theory and Practice – DJCAD - University of Dundee
CI: Dr. Jan Bebbington Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development- University of St Andrews
CI: Dr. Rehema White - Sustainable Development Programme Coordinator, University of St Andrews

Project Overview

Transition to sustainabilitySustainable communities should be at the heart of our shift to a more sustainable future. The UK and Scottish Governments have indicated that they will transition to a low carbon economy based on equitable, resilient and vibrant economic systems. To transform the UK's infrastructure will require different investment sources and innovative financial mechanisms. Where projects are commercially viable, private financing is likely to be forthcoming. Large scale infrastructure projects may attract public spending support. These two sources of funding, however, will not be sufficient. There is also a need to look at how communities might resource their shift to sustainability and enhance their resilience.

This project aims to establish a network of academics, practitioners, community groups, national and local government representatives and policy makers who are focused on how a sustainable economy can be built. In particular, the role of community ownership of assets will be examined. The project draws upon national and international expertise and best practice case studies in the areas of community asset transfer, community based natural resource management and social enterprises.

Projected outcomes:

A toolkit and a DVD which will enable community groups to:

  • identify critical issues regarding the acquisition and management of assets
  • build a network of contacts for advice
  • identify funding sources and models
  • build knowledge and capacity to enable community asset management
  • build capacity through community engagement.