Synergy projects


TESS is a 3-year, European-wide research project funded by the EC FP7 programme. It aims to reach an understanding of the potential for community-led initiatives to help deliver a truly sustainable, low-carbon future. The main research questions are: How can innovative, grass-roots green initiatives lead to the transformational changes required to meet decreasing carbon targets and wider community objectives; how can the wider emergence and success of such initiatives be supported?

Anne Holsten
Project coordinator


ARTS (Accelerating and Rescaling Transitions to Sustainability) is a 3-year long research project, funded by the European Commission through the FP7 programme, to understand how transition initiatives can accelerate sustainability transitions in the five European city-regions of Brighton, Budapest, Dresden, Genk, and Stockholm. The objective of ARTS is to benefit policy, practice and theory and create opportunities for (social and governance) innovation by coupling, rescaling and accelerating sustainability initiatives in European city-regions. The ARTS consortium consists of 10 partners from 10 European countries.

Dr. Niki Frantzeskaki
Project coordinator