UNWE Explores the Impact of the Green Deal on Marginalised Communities in a Joint Project with 12 European Institutions

Monday, 12 September 2022 14:48

Prof. Dr. Christina Nikolova /in the picture below/, Аssoc. Prof.  Vladimir Zinoviev and PhD-student Nadya Parpulova took part in the Kick-off (KO) Meeting of the BOLSTER project (Bridging Organizations and marginalized communities for Local Sustainability Transitions in EuRope), which was held between the 7th and the 9th of September in Tilburg, Netherlands, at the facilities of the project coordinator, the Tilburg University.

This project aims to understand how marginalized communities are affected by European Green Deal (EGD)-related policies and to see whether involving them in decision-making processes increases the support for transition plans. To achieve this goal, BOLSTER will use novel qualitative research methods with participatory approaches to improve the understanding of the experiences and needs of marginalized communities.

The project is therefore structured in 7 Work Packages (WP) whose activities, action plans, and initial steps were further presented and discussed by each WP leader at the KO meeting. During this occasion, partners set the basis for a common understanding of key definitions and research ideas that will guide the implementation of the project throughout its duration. There also was room for brainstorming and for some interactive activities that will contribute to perfecting the BOLSTER project not only in terms of its activities but also of partners' cooperation and collaboration.

photo from meeting

Therefore, the KO meeting was an opportunity for partners to meet, connect and interact with each other throughout the sessions and during the activities planned by the consortium leader. The 10 regions that BOLSTER will research (7 target regions and 3 study regions) were presented during the meeting.

Further information, including video testimonials and a short meeting report, are available on BOLSTER's partners' communication channels.


The consortium of BOLSTER is coordinated by Stichting Katholieke Universiteit Brabant (TiU) (https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/) , and comprises a total of 12 partners: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Spain SL (RMIT-EU) (https://www.rmit.eu/), Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny W Katowicach (UEKAT) (https://www.ue.katowice.pl/), Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação, Consultadoria Empresarial e Fomento da Inovação, SA (SPI) (https://www.spi.pt/), Crowdhelix Limited (CHX) (https://crowdhelix.com/), University of National and World Economy (UNWE) (https://www.unwe.bg/en/), Sveuciliste u rijeci, Fakultet za menadzment u turizmu i ugostiteljstvu (FTHM) (https://www.fthm.uniri.hr/), Universite de Liège (ULiege) (https://www.uliege.be/), Asociatia Make Better (MKBT) (https://mkbt.ro/), European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) (https://ecas.org/), Culture Goes Europe (CGE) (https://www.cge-erfurt.org/) and CEE Bankwatch Network (BWN) (https://bankwatch.org/)

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