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Here are some suggestions for projects, but we are also open for other ideas!
Please note also that we have projects open in DeSCIPHER – a collaboration project with the UK and China!
“Financing mechanisms for stormwater handing, public financing and incentives for private sector investment – practices in Norwegian cities and other countries”
In different cities there are different mechanisms how the implementation of new stormwater measures is financed. And there are also popping up the first solutions how to engage private investors. We want to know how this is done in different Norwegian cities (tentatively: Oslo, Bergen, Frederikstad, Trondheim), as well as in 3-4 cities abroad (tentatively: DK-Copenhagen, NL-Amsterdam, US (Philadelphia and another city), Germany-Munich). But we are not limited to these, so depending on your language skills we can also take into account more countries and cities!
Approach: Conduct a literature review and eventually follow up with interviews with water utilities and other relevant municipal entities
“Enhancement of benefits from stormwater solutions by design”
How can benefits of different stormwater measures be enhanced by design? How can stormwater solutions be integrated in the urban landscape? What designs are applicable in densely built up urban areas, what in peri-urban areas? How can citizens be engaged in the design process?
Approach: Design stormwater solutions for one of the projects case-studies
“Conceptual design of urban living labs for stormwater solutions”
We want to get citizens from a mixed neighbourhood (including all age groups, immigrants and native Norwegians) engaged in co-developing stormwater solutions for their neighbourhood by using an urban living lab approach. The stormwater solutions should preferably be implementable in a small/compact area such as along a street or in a pocket park. In which phase the project involves the citizens in the process of implementing stormwater measures is completely open/flexible, and will be jointly agreed; if it is in planning or design phase or maybe in the construction of the stormwater solution itself. Likewise, it is completely open how to involve them; probably there are different concepts needed for different population groups. So we want you to search for similar living-lab approaches in other cities and if possible study what was working well or not so well for them (i.e. by interviews) and in a second step draft creative concepts for urban living labs engaging citizens in developing stormwater solutions.
“Hydrological modelling of long-stretched stormwater measures – example along the green ring in Hovinbyen, Oslo”
This project requires knowledge on hydrological modelling. We want to find out what the potential of the green ring in Hovinbyen, Oslo is to absorb stormwater. What stormwater solutions could be implemented and where?
Approach: Hydrological modelling (probably with MIKE or SWIM)
“Public perception of local stormwater solutions”
In Oslo you can already find different stormwater solutions. What do the citizens think about them? What do they like, mislike, what could be better? What do they know about stormwater? Should the facilities be multi-functional and if yes in which way? Does their perception changes with different weather conditions / through different seasons? How would citizens like to get engaged when the next stormwater solution is planned?
Approach: Go out and ask the people! On-site interviews with citizens in Oslo. Norwegian language skills are necessary!