Social innovation Modelling Approaches to Realizing Transition to Energy Efficiency and Sustainability


Project Description

SMARTEES is a transdisciplinary research project which aims to support the energy transition and improve policy design by developing alternative and robust policy pathways that foster citizen inclusion and take local peculiarities into account. To reach these objectives, SMARTEES examines five types of energy- and mobility-related local social innovation in ten front-runner cities and islands across Europe. The results stemming from this analysis will then feed into the development of a policy sandbox tool. Using a comprehensive modelling approach, this tool will help forecast the effects of policy measures and social innovation in similar local contexts, thereby supporting the improvement of policy design and decision-making. Through these means, the project will contribute to achieving a resilient, low-carbon and climate-friendly Energy Union that puts citizens at its core.

Project Consortium

  1. Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  2. Energieinstitut an der JKU Linz
  3. James Hutton Institute, Knowledge & Innovation Srls
  4. University of A Coruña
  5. University of Timisoara
  6. University of Groningen
  7. ICLEI European Secretariat
  8. SAMSØ Energy Academy
  9. Aberdeen City Council
  10. Urbanisland

Project duration

01.05.2018 - 31.10.2021

Funding provider


Funding program

Horizon 2020
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No 763912.


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