Transformative capacity in energy, food, and water (TANGO-W)

TANGO-W is an applied research project that develops Urban Transformative Capacities (UTC) as a novel governance ability at the interface of food, energy, and water.

The project focuses on two-level capacity building: 1) the urban level, through the design and implementation of Urban Living Labs 2.0 (ULL), and 2) the European level, through establishing a transdisciplinary Community of Practice (CoP) as an integrative coordinating transformation system. Both levels provide the spaces for the development of UTC according to the needs of urban actors in several dimensions (i.e. transformative governance formats, shaping new transformation roles, self-organisation, technical skills, and tools).

The ULL and CoP act as novel governance formats to accelerate urban change in a desired, sustainable direction. The activities of TANGO-W result in policy recommendations for replication and upscaling measures and training concepts and pilot courses that support capacity building in TANGO-W fellow cities.

TANGO-W is a transnational project funded by ERA-NET Cofund Programme. This Programme, designed for the implementation of the European Research Area (ERA), aims to promote strategic cooperation between EU Member States and associated countries. TANGO-W consortium consists of partners from Austria, Norway, Lithuania and Sweden.

Nordregio coordinates the efforts of the Swedish partners (Campus Roslagen and City of Stockholm), contributes to the research activities in all six TANGO-W WPs and leads two of them: WP4 which deals with the implementation of TANGO-W ULLs, and WP6 in charge of the Communication and Dissemination of the project.