Database of translocal networks

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This database consists of entries about different translocal networks that aim to have an impact on just sustainability transitions. These initiatives or networks can take different forms – community organisations, citizen groups, social enterprises or public-community partnerships. They often focus on specific themes or topics, such as food, energy, or housing, but also participatory governance, alternative economic trends or specific social groups. The term translocal network points to the connections these initiatives have that transcend the geographical and sectoral position of their localities. The networks on this database thus may have connections across and between cities, urban and rural places, and different levels of governance and action. This process of networking allows for connecting with and learning from like-minded people and organizations across localities, as well as for increasing their impact in the supra-local contexts they are embedded in.

Why a database of translocal networks?

Just sustainability transitions are systemic, societal processes that are not confined to any single city or any specific domain. This is why we find it to be crucial to support the process of networking, which may serve to increase the impact of initiatives on transitions locally and transnationally. The purpose of this database of translocal networks in short is to inform, connect and to serve as a platform for knowledge-sharing about and between networks working on just sustainability transitions. For the networks themselves, this database enables the access to and the sharing of information about like-minded initiatives. This sharing of knowledge can serve as a basis for collaboration as well as a source of inspiration. The information shared in this database can enable initiatives to learn from others in order to improve their own processes of network formation. The database may also help in raising awareness about initiatives, which in turn can help promote their growth and impact.

In addition, the objective of the database is to serve as a source for research on and knowledge production about the role of networks in and for just sustainability transitions. This may include information on the networks' various ways of operating to enact change, their differing forms of knowledge governance, and their differing levels of intent in contributing to just and sustainable transitions.

Call for co-creation

This database of translocal networks will serve its purpose of informing, connecting as well as being a source for learning and knowledge production to the extent that it features a broad range of networks with a necessary depth of information. This is why we invite you, the makers and thinkers around just sustainability transitions across places and spaces, to take part in co-producing and member-checking the knowledge in this database. This database is created and owned by us, the users of this database, and therefore, the more input we put into it the more useful and insightful this database will be. We welcome you to join us in adding your entries of translocal networks to this database in order for us to collectively reap the benefits of this platform for knowledge-sharing and collaboration.

This database has been initiated by the Just Sustainability Transitions in Cities research network of Erasmus University Rotterdam in Autumn 2022. Thus, we are still in the process of creating entries to this database and the work will continue throughout the academic year. In addition to this database of translocal networks, our team is working on a more comprehensive database on Google Sheets, which will serve to provide more in-depth information about networks for research purposes.

Below you will find an overview of translocal networks that have been added to the database thus far.

Overview of translocal networks