SUNRISE stands for “Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods - Research and Implementation Support in Europe”.
This Horizon 2020 project is indeed all about very concrete activities on the neighbourhood level and includes tangible implementation actions in the following six neighbourhoods
All SUNRISE activities will include systematic input of all affected citizens, not only during the planning stage but also during the implementation phase. Therefore, the conceptual key-term of this project is the idea to “co-create” a more sustainable mobility future. This translates into the following sequence of activities and corresponding work packages – all of them with the deliberate prefix “co-“.
The overall mission of SUNRISE is to “develop, implement, assess and facilitate co-learning about new, collaborative ways to address common urban mobility challenges at the urban district level through neighbourhood mobility labs and thus to lay the foundation for a Sustainable Neighbourhood Mobility Planning concept” – compatible and complimentary to the widely established SUMP concept (Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning).
In fact, all SUNRISE cities already have city-wide mobility strategies (SUMPs), yet realise that large innovative potentials are untapped at the neighbourhood level which requires the proactive involvement of local communities, stakeholders and residents for novel, creative, lasting and publicly embraced solutions to what they perceive as pressing urban mobility challenges.
All activities will be accompanied by a thorough research and evaluation programme in order to be able to extract methodically rigorous lessons and to assess their transferability to other neighbourhoods across Europe and, indeed, worldwide. This component will be led by Edinburgh Napier University, who has played similar key roles in various previous EU research Projects.
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