Research

Research for supporting transition pathways

    Research around specific transition pathways has been co-constructed with societal actors, in particular during the yearly Co-creation Forum (28-29 April 2016). Research in the following transition pathways is currently developped with our partners:

    • Industrial materials design for the circular economy: specific topic on recycling of batteries for urban electric cars, plus social innovation for car sharing on the model of the city of Paris.
    • Renewable energy (biomass): specific topic on electricity from dry biomass in municipalities/cooperatives.
    • Sustainable agriculture and local/regional consumer-producer partnerships: project of a sustainable food district in the province (ceinture alimentaire du Brabant-Wallon) and projet of sustainable cereal production in the region around Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve.
    • Accompanying aging populations: project of insertion of elderly persons in life communities (intergenerational housing projects around Ottignies).
    • Activation of social welfare benefits: accompanying contractualisation of social welfare benefits in context of poverty.
    • Transition pathway on sustainability indicators and sustainability accounting in public administrations, social profit and for-profit companies.
  1. Research Projects:

    • city4coEN : Collaborative cities for collaborative entrepreneurs (2017-2021)

      This project will conduct a comparative and systematic assessment of advantages and disadvantages of organisational and business models of the collaborative economy in the Region of Brussels-Capital in three specific sectors: mobility, housing and food. The project is a collaboration between 3 Belgian universities (UCLouvain, StLouis and Odisee-KUL).
      It is financed by Innoviris Brussels-Anticipate (Prospective Research).
      >>>Detailed project description
    • Formative scenarios for sustainability (2017-2021)

      This project will construct, through participatory methods, future scenarios for sustainable regional development in the area of Walloon Brabant, Belgium. In particular it (a) will accompany a set of real world laboratories for transition in this territory facilitated by the co-construction of these scenarios and (b) compare the methods used for scenario building to other territorial transition processes in Europe.
      It is financed by the Wallon Institute for Sustainable Development - WISD.
      >>> Detailed project description