Project coordinator: Nick Winder, Newcastle University
Project period: 2013-2016
Project Funding: 5.4 million Euro within 7th framework programme
Project leader WP4: Hans Linljenström, SLU
Project member, WP4: Uno Svedin
Project partners WP4: SLU, Agora for Biosystem, Observatorio para una cultura del territorio

Description

The COMPLEX project has brought an international team of 17 partners across 11 European countries together to explore new energy technologies, new ways of using landscapes and new policy instruments to support the transition towards a low carbon society by 2050.

One of the project aims is to integrate the knowledge of many stakeholder communities, for example in respect of land-use change driven by carbon-related technologies. Other problem areas include energy, agriculture, forestry and infrastructure.

Scientists will develop a suite of modelling tools and decision-support systems and support communities across Europe working to complete the transition to a low-carbon economy by 2050. The task is to help policy makers facilitate change without compromising cultural and natural life-support systems.

WP4 Socio-Economic and Land Use Dynamics in the Stockholm-Mälar Region
WP4 will provide process understanding and instruments for support of the transition to a low carbon society - with application to the Stockholm-Mälar region of Sweden.

WP4 will provide process understanding and instruments for support of the transition to a low carbon society - with application to the Stockholm-Mälar region of Sweden.

The aim is to analyze strategic societal choices and their consequences. This includes the design of a toolkit for analysis 1) of emerging and optimally selected land use patterns, 2) of economic development and the impact of policy instruments, and 3) of the processes connecting the scientific support to the decision making functions at various levels, including policy processes at shorter and longer time scales.

Focus is on finding integrative forms of support to guide the path to a low carbon society under varying climate scenarios and world situations. The integration of social science, natural science and technology will be an important theme.

This WP will explore existing models and develop new ones where needed, taking into account conditions of uncertainty and asymmetric information. The models are intended to aid stakeholders in their decision making, linking policies at the (sub-national) regional level to those at the levels of households and municipalities, as well as at national and supra-national levels. We will pay particular attention to decisions made under uncertainty, using e.g. risk cognition and risk-management approaches.