Institutionalising co-creation? A research perspective

Institutionalising co-creation? A research perspective


On February 16, 2023, from 12 to 13:30 CET, the Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy is organising an online lunch seminar to present the results of the research work conducted by Ann Karin Tennås Holmen (University of Stavanger) and Helena Junyer Puig (University of Utrecht).

The research projects investigated the institutional challenges to co-creation encountered by local partners, whether local municipalities or non-governmental actors, from the ten European cities involved in the BiodiverCities project. Mauricio Mejia (OECD) as well as Franca Marsh (Palma Nana, Palermo) and José Ferreira (Municipality of Valongo, Portugal), representing two of the participating cities, will join the discussion. 

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BiodiverCities is a pilot project funded by the EU at the request of the European Parliament, run by the Joint Research Centre in collaboration with Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission. It is part of the portfolio of projects of the Commission’s Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy. Ten European cities were involved, running citizen engagement processes in support of urban biodiversity and green infrastructure in 2021-2022. More information is available here:


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Notably, co-creation is considered a prominent tool for seeking ideas to address wicked problems. Citizens are increasingly invited to play an active role in the design and implementation of public policies. Despite the growing recognition of its relevance and interest to co-create with citizens, knowledge, experience and support vary between municipalities across Europe. Moreover, the collaboration between non-governmental organizations, when in charge of co-creation projects, and local authorities is affected by several barriers, from organizational to cultural ones.

This seminar aims to articulate a research perspective about the topic of institutionalising co-creation, outlining challenges as well as ways to overcome obstacles. Please find below the agenda of the event.