Urban communities across Europe and beyond are increasingly taking the initiative to become more resilient by experimenting with alternatives to the prevalent modes of production and consumption, for example through using public land for producing food and energy or circular economy initiatives. However, in order for local experiments to lead to collective practices that can enhance overall urban resilience, there is a need for appropriate tools that can enable them to gain long-term sustainability and agency.

At the same time, the process of enhancing urban resilience is inextricably linked to local contexts – the local cultural, social, political and economic conditions and traditions. Furthermore, it requires facilitating the sharing of locally co-produced knowledge across scales and locations, to enable collective learning and maximize the impact of individual endeavours.

In this context, the EcoDA project has aimed to address the following research questions:

  • What are the specific conditions shaping (supporting / constraining) community resilience practices in different urban contexts?
  • What kinds of tools might support and amplify existing practices, and how might these tools be co-designed?
  • What types of platforms might enable the commoning of resilience practices and what forms of knowledge might be shared across scales and locations?

Our research approach to exploring and answering these questions is described here.