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Our Partners

Each of our partners brings something different to the project. Check out the partners, their work, and their role in the project below.


Founded in 1997, Nordregio stands as a prominent international Nordic research institute specialising in regional studies. In the DUST project, Nordregio is responsible for the implementation of the UNESCO futures literacy labs.


OOZE is an international design practice operating between the fields of art, architecture and urbanism. Their work explores the visual representations of community perspectives and futures. In DUST they are subcontracted to work on the creation of regional designs.

University of Zurich

The Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA) at the University of Zurich is a research institute working on a range of projects to explore democratic processes in politics, law and education. ZDA assists in the integration of the APES tool and the STEP Index to measure the quality of citizen participation in policy-making processes.

Delft University of Technology | TUD

TUD is the oldest and largest Dutch public technical university, located in Delft, Netherlands. TUD leads the consortium in DUST and brings many researchers from across three different departments into a range of activities on the project.

Hela Sverige Ska Leva Norrbotten

Hela Sverige is a Swedish non-profit organisation whose membership consists of thousands of local development groups. In DUST, Hela Sverige Ska Leva Norrbotten helps the project interact with communities in both Norrbotten and Gotland.

Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Katowicach | UEK

UEK is a top business school as well as one of the oldest in Poland. Their Faculty of Spatial Economy and Regions in Transition focuses on sustainability transitions in post-industrial cities and regions. In DUST UEK helps to design and deliver a number of activities in Poland and leads the DUST Academy.


Porozumienia Związków Zawodowych "KADRA" is a trade union operating in Katowice that represents Polish employees of many industrial sectors. KADRA's close work with communities in Katowice and Belchatow connects the project to communities in Poland affected by sustainability transitions.

The ISOCARP Institute

The ISOCARP Institute is an urban research centre based in the Netherlands that operates as a knowledge broker in European and global research relating to a number of urban topics. In DUST, the ISOCARP Institute works across activities to connect the project's results to a range of stakeholders.

European Policies Research Centre |  EPRC

The EPRC is a leading public policy research institute based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. EPRC’s expertise lies in bridging academic knowledge, practice and policy. In DUST, they mostly work in identifying the factors that affect the participation of diverse communities in sustainability transitions.

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg | BTU

BTU is a German technical university that is committed to promoting democratic, tolerant and diverse societies. BTU works across a number of tasks and connects the project to our two German case study regions.

Stiftung Wohlfahrts-Pflege Brandenburg

KiJuBB (Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Participation Brandenburg) advises on issues of child and youth participation throughout Brandenburg, Germany. They connect the DUST project to communities in our German case study regions, particularly children in the regions.

Agentiya za Regionalno Ikonomichesko Razvitie | SZ REDA

SZ Reda is a non-profit organisation that has established itself as a link between local authorities, the business community, and communities in Bulgaria. It helps the project to interact with a range of stakeholders in Stara Zagora.

Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD)

The Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) is a European research institute based in Bulgaria that combines research, advocacy and innovation, focused on energy governance, energy transition, economic development, and innovation studies.

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