Climate Innovation Hub

Climate Innovation Hub is city level, multi-actor  governance and action “mechanism design” with an end goal of economic, environmental and social sustainability. Currently being active in Maastricht, its replication methodology for other cities is public. 

The 6-Step Methodology is as follows:

  • Climate Innovation Hub takes an “objectives-first approach” to designing societal governance and action mechanisms.

  • Climate Innovation Hub brings together a variety of ideas around several objectives and it institutionalizes physical, online, networked spaces for interactions among multiple actors for concrete, urgent and emergent (unstructured, semi-structured, structured) issues and solutions at city and/or regional/provincial level.

  • Actor participants bring forward and generate ideas towards desired objectives of sustainability based on their own interests yet in a strategic relational setting, where public, private and social sector participants are open to learn from each other in a multi-actor setting.

  • Actor participants only need to consider the situations in which the other actor participants truthfully report their own ideas and interests on how to proceed towards a solution.

  • Climate Innovation Hub proposes locally negotiated solutions for a class of public information-action issues (e.g. action towards sustainability).

  • The goal is the main “given”: sustainability, while the mechanism towards sustainability is the unknown.


Initiatives with Climate Innovation Hub – Maastricht


  • Awareness Raising Collaboration | CIH Meetings | Coordinator: Paris Cosma

  • CIRCL-i | Community Inspired Research on Common Local Issues | Coordinator: Charles Wesemann

  • CCC | Issue of Car-free City Center(s) |  Coordinator: Beatriz Cardoso Fernandes

  • City and Culture | COVID-19 Response |  Link:

  • City Links | Virtual Gatherings in Developing Countries | Coordinator: Paula Portiolli

  • Homa Reto | A novel platform to decentralize accountability mechanisms within the global humanitarian system encouraging participatory democracy | Coordinator : Elaine Donderer

  • Sustainable Housing for European Sustainable Cities: A fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis approach on causal conditions of housing cost overburden rate in urban areas | M.Sc. thesis: Michaela Vopálecká

  • Sustainability Guidelines for Students | TBA



  • Multi-purpose Digital Directory | Coordinator : RK

  •  | | Emergency Response | Towards a Local Sustainable Economy | Producers, Communities, Volunteers and Citizens | Coordinator : Paris Cosma

  • Positive Futures | PoFu | Gateway App Development | In collaboration with | Coordinator: Nicolas Henriksson

  • Green Certification of B2B and B2C Shops | TBA

  • Sustainable Logistics via Circular and Digital Economy | TBA



  • Research, Education and Outreach Funds | TBA

  • Action Funds |  TBA

  • Societal Financial Capital | Cooperative Local Bank | TBA

Updated: 6th July, 2020