PROJECT CONSORTIUM                                          

The inter- and transdisciplinary project consortium includes 11 partners from Europe and North America. It integrates fundamental research as well as applied research and innovation to realize a feedback cycle between science and application, integrating natural and  social  sciences,  humanities, engineering, data management and modelling as well  as stakeholders from civil  society,  administration  and policy, and economy. It intents at the same time to close research gaps and to provide transformative knowledge. The consortium includes these perspectives by integrating research institutions, public authorities as well as companies and NGO.




EIfER Europäisches Institut für Energieforschung EDF-KIT EWIV

Emmy-Noether-Straße 11,

76131 Karlsruhe – GERMANY,

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This project is supported in the framework of


Europäisches Institut für Energieforschung EDF – KIT EWIV (EIfER), Germany  

University of Delaware, School of Public Policy and Administration, USA                                      

The National Center for Atmospheric Reaserach, USA


Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, UK


Pracownia Zrównoważonego Rozwoju (PZR), Poland


Plantagon, Sweden


Nicolaus Copernicus University, Institute of Sociology, Poland


Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development (DDNI), Romania


KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden


52° North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH, Germany


Cultinova, UK



“Food, water and energy present critical resources and complex socio-technical systems. The concept of “nexus” describes the interlinkages and inter-dependencies of these systems.”

The project “Creating Interfaces” (2018 – 2021) addresses capacity building for the urban food-water-energy (FWE) nexus, facilitating cooperation and knowledge exchange among the stakeholders (city government, science, business and citizens/civil society). It develops and tests innovative approaches for local knowledge co-creation and participation in three mid-size cities on water: Tulcea (Romania), Wilmington (USA) and Slupsk (Poland).


Capacity building for the urban food-water-energy (FWE) nexus, creation of science-citizen-policy interfaces:

  • Fostering knowledge exchange and cooperation among local stakeholders on the FWE nexus.
  • Development and testing of innovative approaches for local knowledge co-creation and participation.
  • Enhancing of the visibility of the FWE nexus.


The outcomes will contribute to science and to practice and enable integrative transformative urban governance. Recommendations will be formulated for potential users including local government, public authorities, or non-governmental organizations.


The project adopts a co-creative Urban Living Lab approach (ULL) and Citizen Science methods. Research questions, problems, and solutions are defined and implemented with stakeholders themselves:

  • Urban Living Labs with workshops and other knowledge co creation methods, e.g. public participatory GIS and participatory modelling.
  • Citizen Science approaches.
  • Development of socio-technical interfaces.
  • Interviews, surveys.