The approach to delivering the project is based on participatory techniques and working closely with project partners to develop user-focussed approaches and models. I will use three real case studies (CS) of urban energy, working with partners and wider stakeholders to develop both methods and insights.
CS1 will work with Leeds City Council (LCC) to support strategic energy planning in the city. This case study will identify how to manage interactions actors outside the city council and exploit the potential of energy projects to improve wellbeing in cities.
CS2 will work with West Yorkshire Combined Authority to identify how to accelerate uptake of low-energy urban transport while managing impacts on other infrastructure systems. This case will focus on the need for integration of housing, electricity and transport policy and the interaction with actors at other scales.
CS3 will test the approach in Kigali, Rwanda to assess its relevance in a less developed country. It will explore how to deliver actions identified in a recent study undertaken by Leeds.
The 72 month programme is structured around 5 work packages which are summarised in Figure 1. Work packages 1, 2 and 3 in combination represent the MAADM approach:
- WP1: Development of new methods to map and analyse actor interactions and to identify actions to transform infrastructure that reflect and capitalise on these interactions;
- WP2: Development of rapid and transparent modelling methods that can simultaneously represent actor interactions (from WP1) and infrastructure dynamics for participatory exploration of how these dynamics affect long-term strategy implementation;
- WP3: Application of methods and models with stakeholders to identify long-term plans for infrastructure via multi-actor, adaptive pathways that can respond to social and environmental change or decision constraints, turning analysis from WP1&2 into action;
- WP4: Cross-case analysis to identify generalizable knowledge about infrastructure transitions and decision making under uncertainty; and
- WP 5: Engage with key decision makers and decision making processes through a Local Infrastructure Commission and Local Infrastructure Assessments to embed the insights and methods emerging from this fellowship.