The extent to which modelled future pathways support
effective climate policy making has been questioned for a long time, with one
major issue being the insufficient integration with the perspectives of
policymakers and further stakeholders. It has been suggested to deal with this
issue by designing facilitative dialogues between modelers and stakeholders to
develop transformative policy mixes for system transformations (Rogge et al.
2020). While concrete methods of co-creation are currently tested in different
projects, they are not yet analyzed and validated sufficiently regarding their
contribution and function in participatory processes to co-create
transformative policy mixes. One promising approach here seems to utilize the
characteristics of the concerned transformation processes.
Phase 1 of SYSTRA, however, found that the current state of research on the characterization of transformations is quite limited. Therefore, a broader set of dimensions has been derived from various literature sources, empirical case studies and expert knowledge (Edler et al. 2020).
Based on this, the project COTRAP aims at providing a
conceptual link between the transformation dimensions with the process of
stakeholder integration when co-designing transformative policy mixes. In
particular, the project will address the following main research questions:
COTRAP’s methodology involves a systematic synthesis of the conceptual and methodological state of the art in three areas (policy mixes, stakeholder mapping, transformation dimensions). Based on this, a novel co-creation approach for co-creating transformative policy mixes will be developed, applied and refined to a generally applicable tool. COTRAP’s conceptual and methodological work will be applied to empirical case studies funded through the H2020 project PARIS REINFORCE.