Successful grant application: The future calls! Retrofitting Cities for Sustainability – University of Copenhagen

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01 February 2016

Successful grant application: The future calls! Retrofitting Cities for Sustainability

A group of UCPH researchers headed by Professor Gertrud Jørgensen, Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, has received a China-related grant of DKK 288.000 from the International Network Programme to establish a research network exploring ‘retrofitting’ as a means of sustainable urban development. Other key researchers include:


The future calls! Retrofitting Cities for Sustainability – a transdisciplinary exploration of innovative potentials in China and Denmark

The research group’s purpose is to establish a dedicated and agile network of strong research environments in China and Denmark in order to explore “retrofitting” as a way to realise sustainable urban development, focusing on urban infrastructures, biological processes, health, planning and governance, and social and cultural dimensions. The network will explore innovative practices and potentials as well as barriers to their implementation in both countries.

 The specific outcome of the network will include:

  • a common list and definition of the most relevant terms and concepts in English, Danish and Chinese for sustainable urbanism
  • a joint baseline-paper on Danish and Chinese including state of the art on the chosen focus areas in relation to retrofitting of cities for sustainability, identify research questions and innovative potential which are relevant for both countries, and pointing to best practise experiences
  • an application on EU-China cooperation on sustainable urbanisation in H2020 in February 2017

The Chinese partners of the network include University of Zhejiang, Peking University and Harbin Institute of Technology. They are specifically chosen to cover research areas, which are complementary to the Danish researchers. In some areas China is in the technical avant-garde, such as water management, while Denmark is ahead in e.g. green infrastructure and healthy modes of transportation, and new forms of participatory, co-creative governance. Thus, there are lessons to learn from both sides, while cultural differences must be taken into account. All Chinese partners are outstanding in their fields and jointly provide skills, data access and test options for the anticipated research and innovation goals.

More information: Contact Professor Gertrud Jørgensen or Professor Jørgen Delman