EcoliseWiki:Case studies

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Case studies are wiki pages dedicated to describing key examples of community-led initiatives and related entities.

Purposes of Case Studies

Case study wiki pages collect factual information on communities, projects, initiatives, organisations and networks involved in or connected to ECOLISE, important for community-led action on climate change and sustainability, or otherwise of interest or relevance to the Communities for Future programme.

Factual information gathered here on the wiki complements, and provides context for, more narrative information elsewhere in the CfF web platform (stories, interviews, biographies, videos, reports etc.), plus content on the entity's own web page and outputs and those of other networks with which it is involved.

Case studies describe entities of several kinds:

  • Networks (and meta-networks)
  • Communities of Practice (CoPs)
  • Organisations
  • Projects
  • Initiatives

In some cases these are overlapping: an initiative or network may constitute itself as an organisation, or be represented by one, or an organisation might be set up as a vehicle for a particular project by an initiatives, network or CoP. In terms of wiki organisation, this is not important, as pages can belong to more than one category of case study.

Case studies are one of two main content categories on this wiki, the other being patterns. Patterns describe the different ways that community-led initiatives organise, conceptualise and understand the world, and act. Case studies are specfic instances of how they do this. Each pattern is therefore supported by any number of case studies that provide examples of its application in practice. Each case study demonstrates a number of patterns, whose associated wiki pages therefore give general background on the specific activities of the case study.

A case study wiki page will ideally do all of the following:

  • Summarise all available factual information about the entity it describes, robustly supported by references
  • Link internally to all relevant patterns
  • Link internally to any related case study pages
  • Link externally to all other available sources of information about the case study
  • Include a comprehensive bibliography of all sources not directly cited or linked from the text
  • Be known to the entity described, who will also be invited to curate the page if they wish

How to Create a Case Study Wiki Page

Creation of a case study page involves the following steps:

  • Check the entity's own website and summarise any relevant content there
    • (Overview of main background content (sections in wiki page))
  • Search for other literature
    • (List of main sources)
    • Import into Zotero and add appropriate tages (link to Zotero user guide)
    • Create a bibliography section on the wiki page
  • Identify key patterns
    • Create a short section for each, summarising the relevant literature
    • If this is lengthy, create a separate page for each pattern (title: (Pattern) at (Entity Name))
    • Include internal links to all relevant pattern pages
  • Add category tags:
    • Case studies
    • Entity category
    • One or more main domains (movements, themes)
    • Geographical tags
    • If the entity has several pages, create a new category with the name of the entity, and include all pages about the entity in this category
  • Link internally to wiki pages for any relevant other entities (networks, projects, initiatives, CoPs)
  • Link externally to narrative content elsewhere in CfF or on other websites
  • Contact the entity in question to let them know about the page and invite their feedback and contribution

Sources of Case Studies

Research Projects

Individual Studies

Practical Initiatives

Other and ongoing EU research projects

Projects involving ECOLISE members

  • UrbanA
  • CoMETS
  • PROSEU: prosumers for the energy union. Coordinated by Inês Campos at FCUL; DRIFT & ICLEI among other partners; offered to share material.
  • ENERGISE: closely connected with SCORAI-Europe, with central involvement of Audley Genus. Database of >1000 sustainable consumption initiatives on website.
  • SONNET: social innovation for energy transition. ICLEI, DRIFT partners, open to finding connection.

Other projects of interest

  • ENABLE: Enabling the Energy Union
  • SMARTEES: Local Social Innovation (ICLEI Europe among partners)

Themed list of case studies assembled for Status Report





Other Potential Case Study Initiatives (unfiltered)

  • Ecopower
  • Towards low carbon villages (from ENRD factsheet on monitoring climate action: "An RDP supported project called Towards Low Carbon Villages9 was carried out in 19 villages in North Karelia, Finland, in 2016-19. It launched local experiments encouraging villages to adopt emission- reducing or carbon-saving solutions. The pilot initiatives, selected through a participatory planning process, concerned various topics such as the shift to renewable and local energy, mobility, waste management or landscape aspects. The climate effects of the initiatives were evaluated using the life cycle assessment method. Social impacts were also evaluated, allowing for the measurement of the positive and negative effects of the experiments on the community’s social, human, cultural, built and natural environment. The framework can be used in the future for comprehensive evaluation and planning of community and village experiments related to climate. The results of the pilot initiatives showed varied level of climate effects – energy projects having the most effect – but the initiative was successful in terms of building shared awareness and incentivising further climate action by villagers."

Reporting Criteria

  • A diversity of stories
  • As much as background info about the case study as possible
  • A link to good pictures
  • A contact person for possible interviews