X.III.05: Netzwerke als Überlebensstrategien peripherisierter Regionen


Dr. Ulla Peters
Dipl.Volkswirtin Regina Gaitsch
Universität Luxemburg

The Klimabündnis Lёtzebuerg as a Regional Network for Sustainable Energy Supply and Consumption – A Case Study on Networks and their Importance to Implement Sustain-able Development

The aim of this research project is to deepen our understanding of the importance of initiatives which in recent years have emerged in many city regions as a means to implement strategies of sustainable development. These initiatives consist as networks of cooperating actors. They implement a kind of organisation which is supposed to provide space for collective innova-tions in a very effective way and, thus, to outperform more traditional ways of region-centred organizations. In order to support this hypothesis, the network Klimabündnis Lёtzebuerg which applies itself for the supply of sustainable energy will be examined in detail. Thereby, the leading questions are:
  • Which innovation potential in support of sustainable development is inherent in the network?
  • What are the networks’ perspectives in the short, medium and long term? Which or-ganisational development processes are detectable?
  • Which internal and external factors have an effect on successful networking and net-work-management?
The planned project aims at performing a case study on Klimabündnis Lёtzebuerg based on qualitative methods of data collection and evaluation. It will be carried out in close research collaboration with the project “Networks as Survival Strategies in Peripherialized Regions” at the University of Trier (project leader: Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Bernd Hamm, Sociology) which is funded by the Excellence Research Cluster of Rhineland-Palatinate and, thus, will be based on an international, interdisciplinary effort towards a theory of regional initiatives.