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Work Plan

Work Package 1

Conceptual framework

WP1 aims to specify a set of distinctive factors, dynamics, and patterns for each of the six analytic components of the project: socio-economic, socio-technical, socio-ecological, socio-cultural, socio-political and socio-psychological. Such factors, dynamics and patterns will be the basis for developing the methodological framework of WP2.

Work Package 2

Methodological framework

WP2 translates the theoretical approach developed in WP1 into an analytic framework, that will be deployed in WP3 and WP4 for the case studies of coal mining and carbon-intensive regions. The factors identified in WP1 tasks will be operationalised and combined into a coherent framework design. The framework will allow for a differentiation between coal and carbon regions and cover: analytical tools as well as related protocols and guidelines for case study analysis and roadmap development; data management tools for case studies; trainings to ensure a coherent case study analysis and development of roadmaps; and refinement of the analytical framework.

Work Package 3

Coal mining regions case studies

WP 3 aims to develop case studies in seven coal mining regions, namely: Silesia (Poland), Sulcis Iglesiente (Italy), Lusatia (Germany), Rhineland (Germany), Central Germany (Germany), Jiu Valley (Romania) and Upper Nitra (Slovakia). The case studies will be carried out adopting the multi-disciplinary analytical framework developed in WP1 and WP2. WP3 together with WP4 will provide inputs for comparative analysis (WP5) and for the co-creation of policy recommendations (WP6).

Work Package 4

Carbon-intensive regions case studies

WP4 aims to develop case studies for carbon-intensive regions, namely: Brindisi (Italy), Kraków Metropol. Area (Poland), A Coruna (Spain), Upper Styria (Austria), Stavanger (Norway), South Wales Valleys (Wales, United Kingdom). The case studies will be carried out adopting the multi-disciplinary analytical framework developed in WP1 and WP2. WP4 together with WP3 will provide inputs for comparative analysis (WP5) and for the co-creation of policy recommendations (WP6).

Work Package 5

Comparative analysis

WP5 aims to carry out a comparative analysis so as to describe and interpret commonalities and differences among the 13 coal mining and carbon-intensive regions in transition. This will allow to identify different challenges, coping strategies, and regional transitional trajectories and organise them in a taxonomy. Leveraging on regularities and differences among cases and mixing up different methods considering both ex-ante variables and expost factors, the WP aims to infer some general information on “Clean Energy Transition” and its risks for the selected regions.

Work Package 6

Knowledge co-production and recommendation

The overall objective WP6 is to integrate the knowledge and data gathered throughout the project, from various sources, in order to create a scientifically sound overview of the obstacles and prospects for addressing the challenges of “Clean Energy Transition” for Europe’s coal mining and carbon-intensive regions. A secondary complementary aim is to implement an effective framework for multi-lateral communication among researchers, including inputs from policymakers and representatives of industry and Civil Society organisations, and to provide a context in which the project findings can be interpreted and used. The practical objective of this WP is to develop a set of practical recommendations providing a consistent and integrated overview of the project’s results, and a shared knowledge of the obstacles and prospects for transitioning to clean energy, and transformations in coal mining and carbon-intensive regions.

Work Package 7

Communication and dissemination

WP7 aims to establish and implement a Plan for the Exploitation, Dissemination and communication of the project’s Results (PEDR). This is aimed at ensuring an organised transmission of outcomes to the most relevant stakeholders, enhancing the overall coverage of project outcomes at the regional/EU/global levels. Complemented by definition of a unique visual project identity, targeted promotional materials will be developed and tools established in line with conducting stakeholder events. These aspects will collectively contribute to enhancement in the level of dissemination and visibility of the project. WP7 will equally emphasise sustaining the overall impacts after project completion by ensuring targeted exploitation of key outcomes.

Work Package 8


All management related tasks of the project will be carried out through WP8. It has been deployed to optimise the overall level of coordination and to micro-manage the activities, guaranteeing a well-structured implementation. Through the established tasks, strategies to check and optimise administrative aspects, quality control, reporting procedures, internal communication, and monitoring will be defined and implemented.

Work Package 9

Ethics requirements

The objective of WP9 is to ensure compliance with the established ethics requirements. Procedures and criteria to identify/recruit research participants, templates including those for consent forms will be defined and submitted as part of the deliverable H – Requirement No. 1. The second deliverable to be developed as part of Work Package 9 is POPD – Requirement No. 2.