New Publication on Urban TM for City Officers

Guidance Manual: Transition Management in the Urban Context

Over the past four years, five European cities pioneered the transition management approach to address climate change at the local level additional hints. Inspired by their insights, the research institute DRIFT has now published a guidance manual: Transition Management in the Urban Context.

The guidance manual offers an introduction to this governance approach that aims to create space for new paradigms and practices in order to influence the pace and direction of societal change dynamics. It is exemplified through the experiences of the five cities that participated in the Interreg-funded MUSIC-project (Mitigation in Urban Context, Solutions for Innovative Cities): Aberdeen (UK), Ghent (BE), Ludwigsburg (DE), Montreuil (FR) and Rotterdam (NL).

The intention behind this guidance manual is to inspire and guide city officers who work on creating a sustainable future for their city. It is available in three languages: English, French and German.

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Inspiring Examples: Governing Urban Sustainability Transitions

Further insights on the governance of sustainability transitions on the local level can also be found in two other recent publications: Governing urban sustainability transitions: Inspiring examples and Transition management in five European cities – an evaluation.


Workshops: Transition Academy

For city officers who are interested in gaining some hands-on experience with the transition management approach, the Transition Academy offers training workshops in collaboration with DRIFT and Meneer de Leeuw. With this two-day workshop, the participating city officers are trained to implement the approach and customize it to their specific needs.

If you would like to learn about opportunities to hold a workshop on transition management within your city, or would like to participate in a workshop with other city officers from several cities, please contact Chris Roorda at


Save the date: 4th Informed Cities Forum

On 26-27 March 2015, the city of Rotterdam (The Netherlands) will host the 4th Informed Cities Forum titled “Which way to the future? Strategies, tools and inspiration for transforming cities”. The Forum is organized as a co-production of the ARTS and MUSIC project consortia. The event will bring together a unique mix of dreamers, thinkers and doers representing the public sector, the research community, as well as community initiatives from across Europe. For more information, see the first announcement at


These results are developed as part of the MUSIC-project (Mitigation in Urban Context, Solutions for Innovative Cities), an Interreg-funded co-operation between five cities and two research institutes in North-Western Europe. See