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    The pro­gramme also includes 12 asso­ci­at­ed part­ners from 5 coun­tries (Bel­gium, Den­mark, France, Italy and Lux­em­bourg), bring­ing com­ple­men­tary spe­cial­i­sa­tions. The asso­ci­at­ed part­ners offer excel­lent, recog­nised and well-estab­lished doc­tor­al pro­grammes in spe­cif­ic and com­ple­men­tary fields. Involved part­ners come from dif­fer­ent sec­tors (acad­e­mia, pub­lic and pri­vate insti­tu­tions, local author­i­ties, NGOs, eco­nom­ic actors) to achieve high­er rel­e­vance in the cho­sen research direc­tion, greater soci­etal impact and wider dis­sem­i­na­tion of the results to rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers. They cov­er all the EPOG-DN areas. They are recog­nised world­wide for their orig­i­nal approach of the eco­log­i­cal bifurcation.

    The con­sor­tium mem­bers (ben­e­fi­cia­ries and asso­ci­at­ed part­ners) have been includ­ed for the com­ple­men­tar­i­ties they bring to DCs’ training:

    • with­in the eco­nom­ics, by cov­er­ing the sociotech­ni­cal tran­si­tion (WP3), the socioe­co­nom­ic tran­si­tion (WP4) and the socioe­co­log­i­cal tran­si­tion (WP5);
    • between dis­ci­plines, impor­tance being giv­en to inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research (involv­ing eco­nom­ic soci­ol­o­gy, envi­ron­men­tal soci­ol­o­gy and geog­ra­phy, soci­ol­o­gy of inno­va­tion, engi­neer­ing in the field of ener­gy, life cycle assess­ment and mate­ri­als and com­put­er sci­ences, and life and earth sciences);
    • between aca­d­e­m­ic and non-aca­d­e­m­ic stake­hold­ers involved in the eco­log­i­cal tran­si­tion (acad­e­mia, pub­lic and pri­vate insti­tu­tions, local author­i­ties, NGOs, eco­nom­ic actors).

    The asso­ci­at­ed part­ners host the doc­tor­al can­di­dats (DCs) for spe­cif­ic peri­od of research (e.g. sec­on­de­ments peri­ods) and con­tribute to their super­vi­sion. They con­tribute to achieve high­er rel­e­vance in the cho­sen research direc­tion, greater soci­etal impact and wider dis­sem­i­na­tion of the results to rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers. They par­tic­i­pate in the work­shops, con­fer­ences, sem­i­nars and publications.

    Sorbonne Université

    Sor­bonne Uni­ver­si­ty (SU) is a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary, research-inten­sive and world-class aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tion, which received the French gov­ern­ment excel­lence ini­tia­tive grant (IdEX) in 2018. It is ranked 36th by ARWU in 2018, 73rd by THE World Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ings in 2019 and 75th by QS Glob­al World Rank­ing. Con­tin­u­ing the human­ist tra­di­tion of the Sor­bonne, it is devot­ed to meet­ing the sci­en­tif­ic chal­lenges of the 21st cen­tu­ry and spread­ing the knowl­edge cre­at­ed in its lab­o­ra­to­ries by its research teams to its stu­dents and to soci­ety as a whole. SU is made of three fac­ul­ties: arts and human­i­ties, sci­ence and engi­neer­ing, and med­i­cine. Its fac­ul­ty of arts and human­i­ties is today the largest fac­ul­ty in France in the field of arts, lan­guages, lit­er­a­ture, social sci­ences and human­i­ties. SU sup­ports the devel­op­ment of an inter­cul­tur­al con­text for its stu­dents through an inter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of its aca­d­e­m­ic pro­grams. SU brings to EPOG-DN world-renowned exper­tise on eco­log­i­cal issues. In par­tic­u­lar, with the “Sor­bonne Uni­ver­sité Alliance”, it has cre­at­ed the “Insti­tute for the Envi­ron­men­tal Tran­si­tion” (SU-ITE) which gath­ers 54 lab­o­ra­to­ries and about 2000 researchers work­ing on the eco­log­i­cal tran­si­tion. It is also a core mem­ber of “EIT Cli­mate-KIC”, the EU’s largest pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship address­ing cli­mate change through innovation. 

    The Uni­ver­si­ty Sor­bonne Paris Nord (forme­ly Uni­ver­si­ty Paris 13) is mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary uni­ver­si­ty. It was ranked 101–150 in the Young Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ings by THE in 2016. It acts as a key play­er in the “Con­dorcet” Cam­pus of Excel­lence in social sci­ences, which includes the best nation­al insti­tu­tions in the field and pro­vides the resources for world-class research. Its eco­nom­ics research cen­tre (CEPN) is world­wide renown for its het­ero­dox approach­es to eco­nom­ics The uni­ver­si­ty will bring to EPOG-DN its renowned skills in macro­eco­nom­ics, finance and indus­tri­al economics.

    The Uni­ver­si­ty of Turin (UNITO) is one of the biggest and most pres­ti­gious Ital­ian uni­ver­si­ties. It is ranked 201–300 by ARWU 2018. It is a “city-with­in-a-city”, pro­mot­ing cul­ture and producing/creating, research, inno­va­tion, train­ing and employ­ment. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Tori­no is involved in inter­na­tion­al research and train­ing. It is an inte­gral part of the local com­mu­ni­ty, and con­tributes to and encour­ages dia­logue between urban and sub­ur­ban actors, pro­motes cul­tur­al inter­ac­tion, social inte­gra­tion and devel­op­ment. It is an inter­na­tion­al actor and has part­ner­ship arrange­ments with many HEI and region­al and inter­na­tion­al organ­i­sa­tions. Its rela­tion­ships with uni­ver­si­ties abroad are increas­ing and in 2017 num­bered around 500 agree­ments with for­eign uni­ver­si­ties. Many bilat­er­al and mul­ti­lat­er­al agree­ments are with insti­tu­tions involved in the project. UNITO brings to the con­sor­tium excel­lence in the eco­nom­ics of knowl­edge and inno­va­tion, and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary study of polit­i­cal sci­ence and economics.


    The Vien­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Eco­nom­ics and Busi­ness (WU) is the EU’s largest edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tion for busi­ness and eco­nom­ics, busi­ness law, and social sci­ences. It is ranked 51–100 in QS World Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ing by Sub­ject in Busi­ness & Man­age­ment. WU’s triple accred­i­ta­tion by EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA – the three fore­most inter­na­tion­al accred­i­ta­tions for busi­ness and eco­nom­ics uni­ver­si­ties – is a tes­ti­mo­ni­al of WU’s high qual­i­ty stan­dards. WU’s researchers work on impor­tant eco­nom­ic, socioe­co­nom­ic, eco­log­i­cal, and cul­tur­al ques­tions. WU sub­scribes to an impact-ori­ent­ed research cul­ture, as expressed in its mis­sion state­ment, which empha­sizes future-ori­ent­ed and sus­tain­able think­ing and act­ing respon­si­bly to help find solu­tions to today’s eco­nom­ic, social, and eco­log­i­cal prob­lems. The Depart­ment of Socio-Eco­nom­ics is high­ly plu­ral­is­tic. WU brings its skills in the eco­nom­ics and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary per­spec­tives on the eco­log­i­cal transition.

    The Uni­ver­sité catholique de Lou­vain (UCLou­vain) is build­ing on almost 600 years’ expe­ri­ence. It is a mul­ti­site uni­ver­si­ty in Bel­gium at the fore­front of inno­va­tion and excel­lence in edu­ca­tion and research. UCLou­vain active­ly par­tic­i­pates in the R&I pro­grammes of the Euro­pean Union. It is notably involved in 176 projects with­in FP7 and in already 98 Hori­zon 2020 projects. Among Hori­zon 2020 projects, UCL hosts 30 MSCA and 23 ERC. The Insti­tute of Mechan­ics, Mate­ri­als, and Civ­il Engi­neer­ing (iMMC) of the Uni­ver­sité catholique de Lou­vain with four active ERC grants, a panoply of suc­cess­ful spin off com­pa­nies and sev­er­al world-rec­og­nized sci­en­tists, is a lead­ing inter­na­tion­al cen­ter for research in engi­neer­ing. The mem­bers of iMMC are heav­i­ly involved in the edu­ca­tion of engi­neers at the Lou­vain School of Engi­neer­ing. The Insti­tute research engages in sup­port­ing econ­o­my and indus­try in the fields of aero­nau­tics, trans­porta­tion, ener­gy con­ver­sion, new nuclear tech­nolo­gies, civ­il engi­neer­ing, chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing, chem­i­cal and bio­log­i­cal process­es, met­al­lur­gy, coat­ings and com­pos­ites, mecha­tron­ic sys­tems and robot­ics, and sim­u­la­tion software.

    The Uni­ver­si­ty of Nat­ur­al Resources and Life Sci­ences (BOKU) is one of the best Life Sci­ences uni­ver­si­ties in Europe, dis­tin­guished by its holis­tic approach to research and teach­ing. Its sci­en­tists, stu­dents and grad­u­ates work on solu­tions for burn­ing social issues and for a sus­tain­able future. Today’s Uni­ver­si­ty of Nat­ur­al Resources and Life Sci­ences (BOKU) began its suc­cess sto­ry in 1872 as a small agri­cul­tur­al uni­ver­si­ty under the name “k. k. Hochschule für Boden­cul­tur”. Today, the BOKU loca­tions Türken­schanze, Muth­gasse and Tulln offer the 15 depart­ments and 11,000 stu­dents opti­mal con­di­tions for learn­ing, teach­ing and research.

    The pro­gramme includes non-aca­d­e­m­ic organ­i­sa­tions with local, region­al and glob­al reach bring­ing high­ly qual­i­fied and world-renowned exper­tise in one or more fields relat­ed to the EPOG-DN project.

    The Agence Française de Développe­ment (AFD) is the oper­a­tor for France’s bilat­er­al devel­op­ment finance mech­a­nism. It is a pub­lic indus­tri­al and com­mer­cial insti­tu­tion with the sta­tus of spe­cial­ized finan­cial insti­tu­tion. AFD has been entrust­ed with a man­date by the French nation­al author­i­ties to con­tribute to eco­nom­ic and social devel­op­ment in its geo­graph­i­cal areas of oper­a­tion. It achieves this by financ­ing and sup­port­ing devel­op­ment projects and pro­grams, par­tic­i­pat­ing in the debate, research and dia­logue with the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers. AFD owns a net­work of sev­en­ty agen­cies and rep­re­sen­ta­tions in devel­op­ing coun­tries and the French over­seas provinces. AFD is also respon­si­ble for the man­age­ment of the French Glob­al Envi­ron­ment Facil­i­ty, which cofi­nances projects that rec­on­cile envi­ron­ment and devel­op­ment. It is involved activ­i­ties that are cov­er­ing dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives of the glob­al bifur­ca­tion. E.g. “EnCom­muns” (a three year inter­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­gramme on com­mon­ing prac­tices and social and sol­i­dar­i­ty econ­o­my), a project on “Finan­cial Inno­va­tion and Reg­u­la­tion in the Per­spec­tive of the Ener­gy Tran­si­tion” or a reg­u­lar work­shop on stock-flow con­sis­tent (SFC) mod­el­ling. AFD brings hands-on expe­ri­ence for all WPs.

    The Inter­na­tion­al Insti­tute for Applied Sys­tems Analy­sis (IIASA) has been found­ed in 1972. It is an inter­na­tion­al sci­en­tif­ic insti­tute that con­ducts pol­i­cy-ori­ent­ed research into prob­lems that are too large or com­plex to be solved by a sin­gle coun­try or aca­d­e­m­ic dis­ci­pline. Prob­lems like cli­mate change that have a glob­al reach and can be resolved only by inter­na­tion­al coop­er­a­tive action; or prob­lems of com­mon con­cern that need to be addressed at both the nation­al and inter­na­tion­al lev­el, such as ener­gy and cli­mate change, pop­u­la­tion aging, and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment. Fund­ed by research fund­ing agen­cies in Africa, the Amer­i­c­as, Asia, and Europe, IIASA is inde­pen­dent and uncon­strained by polit­i­cal or nation­al self-inter­est. The IIASA mis­sion is to pro­vide insights and guid­ance to pol­i­cy­mak­ers world­wide by find­ing solu­tions to glob­al and uni­ver­sal prob­lems through applied sys­tems analy­sis in order to improve human and social well­be­ing and pro­tect the envi­ron­ment. As such IIASA has a long track record in offer­ing sci­ence-based deci­sion sup­port. Near­ly 400 math­e­mati­cians, social sci­en­tists, nat­ur­al sci­en­tists, econ­o­mists, and engi­neers from 50countries car­ry out research at IIASA in Aus­tria, at the heart of Europe. These range from world-renowned scholars—six Nobel Prize lau­re­ates have worked at IIASA—to young sci­en­tists just embark­ing on their careers.

    The Euro­pean Trade Union Insti­tute (ETUI) is the inde­pen­dent research and train­ing cen­tre of the Euro­pean Trade Union Con­fed­er­a­tion (ETUC). It is a non-prof­it inter­na­tion­al asso­ci­a­tion who received receives finan­cial sup­port from the Euro­pean Union. The ETUI con­ducts stud­ies on socio-eco­nom­ic top­ics and indus­tri­al rela­tions and mon­i­tors Euro­pean pol­i­cy devel­op­ments of strate­gic impor­tance for the world of labour. The over­all pur­pose of ETUC is to sup­port social dia­logue and pro­mote a social Europe. To sup­port, strength­en and stim­u­late the Euro­pean trade union move­ment, the ETUI pro­vides inde­pen­dent fact-based analy­sis and orig­i­nal research on issues of impor­tance for the social dimen­sion of Europe. The ETUI con­ducts stud­ies and research­es on macro­eco­nom­ics and social poli­cies in Europe, indus­tri­al rela­tions and health and safe­ty at work in Europe. It cre­ates bridges between the aca­d­e­m­ic sphere, the world of research and the trade union move­ment in order to encour­age inde­pen­dent research on top­ics of deci­sive rel­e­vance to the world of labour. It pro­vides the ETUC and its affil­i­ates with pro­grammes and exchanges that strength­en the Euro­pean trade union iden­ti­ty. The ETUI pro­vides tech­ni­cal assis­tance in the field of health and safe­ty with a view to achiev­ing a high lev­el of occu­pa­tion­al health and safe­ty pro­tec­tion for work­ers through­out Europe. ETUI brings with­in EPOG-DN its exper­tise on labour.


    The Inter­con­ti­nen­tal net­work for the pro­mo­tion of social sol­i­dar­i­ty econ­o­my (RIPESS) is the inter­con­ti­nen­tal net­work that coor­di­nates the pro­mo­tion of social sol­i­dar­i­ty econ­o­my (SSE) prac­tices, poli­cies and cul­ture around the world, through its mem­ber net­works and organ­i­sa­tions. The inher­ent nature of RIPESS includes the objec­tive of con­tribut­ing to sys­temic, trans­for­ma­tive change. It does this by demon­strat­ing how much SSE con­tributes in terms of real answers at local lev­el to the exist­ing sys­tem that is clear­ly show­ing its lim­its. RIPESS mem­bers believe in the impor­tance of the glob­al­i­sa­tion of sol­i­dar­i­ty, and the abil­i­ty to build and strength­en an econ­o­my that places peo­ple and plan­et at the cen­tre of its activ­i­ties. RIPESS Europe – is the Euro­pean con­ti­nen­tal net­work of the RIPESS inter­con­ti­nen­tal net­work. It includes 40 sec­to­r­i­al, nation­al and inter-sec­to­r­i­al net­works in 16 coun­tries. The net­work gath­ers thou­sands of SSE stake­hold­ers and orga­ni­za­tions at the Euro­pean lev­el, facil­i­tat­ing net­work inter-coop­er­a­tion, aware­ness rais­ing, peer-train­ing and com­mon advo­ca­cy. The Euro­pean team is a coor­di­na­tion of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the net­works and is not dis­trib­uted in sev­er­al coun­tries. At the aca­d­e­m­ic lev­el, there are con­nec­tions with many uni­ver­si­ties who have Master’s or PhD pro­grammes on SSE, also through the RIPESS (the inter-uni­ver­si­ty net­work pro­mot­ing SSE), as well as with stu­dent organ­i­sa­tions. RIPESS allows EPOG-DN to access firms and organ­i­sa­tions world­wide cov­er­ing all the dimen­sions of the pro­gramme but with the per­spec­tive of the SSE.

    The City of Paris (PARIS) is at the core of a vast met­ro­pol­i­tan area with a pop­u­la­tion of 11 mil­lion inhab­i­tants, con­tend­ing with sig­nif­i­cant urban den­si­ty and the chal­lenges posed by the cli­mate cri­sis. The lat­ter par­tic­u­lar­ly impacts the city dur­ing the sum­mer months, giv­ing rise to urban heat islands. In response to these envi­ron­men­tal issues, Paris has been active­ly imple­ment­ing an ambi­tious Ener­gy and Cli­mate Plan since 2018, com­ple­ment­ed by a Bio­di­ver­si­ty Plan and a strate­gic Resilience City Action Plan. This com­pre­hen­sive ini­tia­tive involves not only the City itself but also engages indus­tri­al and insti­tu­tion­al part­ners, small and medi­um-sized enter­pris­es (SMEs), research cen­tres, non-gov­ern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions (NGOs), as well as cit­i­zens and users. The Munic­i­pal­i­ty pos­sess­es exten­sive expe­ri­ence and resources, enabling it to fos­ter syn­er­gy among these diverse stake­hold­ers to attain shared goals in cli­mate change adap­ta­tion. One notable under­tak­ing ini­ti­at­ed by the City of Paris in 2018 is the “Oasis” school­yards project, trans­form­ing them into gar­dens with a spe­cif­ic focus on refor­esta­tion and cool­ing mea­sures. These trans­formed spaces incor­po­rate ped­a­gog­i­cal play areas, pro­mot­ing tran­quil­i­ty and inclu­siv­i­ty, and are open to the pub­lic. With over 100 “Oasis” school­yards estab­lished by 2022, Paris remains com­mit­ted to advanc­ing this pro­gram in the com­ing years, aim­ing to enhance gov­er­nance, imple­men­ta­tion, and man­age­ment through var­i­ous assess­ments and feed­back mechanisms.

    The Secré­tari­at général pour la plan­i­fi­ca­tion écologique (SGPE) was estab­lished on Sep­tem­ber 1, 2022, as a new gov­ern­ment agency oper­at­ing under the direct author­i­ty of the Prime Min­is­ter. It aims at coor­di­nat­ing and spear­head­ing, at the high­est lev­el of the gov­ern­ment, France’s nation­al effort for the eco­log­i­cal tran­si­tion. It cur­rent­ly employs 15 per­sons com­ing from a diver­si­ty of back­grounds and works with all min­istries, gov­ern­ment agen­cies, and exter­nal part­ners (incl. acad­e­mia, civ­il soci­ety, local gov­ern­ments…) engaged in eco­log­i­cal transition.

    The pro­gramme has received the sup­port of the “Hauts-de-France” region.

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