Case studies

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Several major EU research projects have recently conducted case study research on community-based sustainability initiatives in Europe: TESS, TRANSIT, PATHWAYS, ARTS, PATHWAYS and ENABLE. They collectively provide a variety of case studies, from community-based initiatives to transnational networks.

Case studies span Europe and typically focus mainly on a particular issue or domain of action, often resulting from the scope of the research project or interests of researchers (e.g. food production/consumption; renewable energy production/consumption; transport; waste; economy; forest and biodiversity; civic engagement, education, etc.). Nevertheless, in most cases the scope of action of the local initiatives or national/transnational networks covers multiple sectors or domains, reflecting the holistic approach that characterises much community-based action.

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