The BOLSTER project – Bridging Organizations and marginalized communities for Local Sustainability Transitions in EuRope – commenced in September 2022, with a kick-off meeting held at Tilburg University (the project coordinator), in the Netherlands.
Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon Europe Framework Programme, BOLSTER is a 36-month project designed to understand how marginalized communities are affected by the European Green Deal (EGD)-related policies and to see if involving these communities in decision-making processes increases the support for transition plans. The project has 13 partners from 12 different countries that are working together on seven Work Packages (WPs) in order to make the BOLSTER project achieve its objectives. BOLSTER will use novel qualitative research methods with participatory approaches to improve the understanding of the experiences and needs of marginalized communities across 10 regions (7 target regions and 3 study regions). Of Romania, BOLSTER partners will research and act on Prahova, as target region, and Cluj, as study region.
The consortium of BOLSTER is coordinated by Stichting Katholieke Universiteit Brabant (TiU) and is composed of 12 partners: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Spain SL (RMIT-EU), Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny W Katowicach (UEKAT), Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação, Consultadoria Empresarial e Fomento da Inovação, SA (SPI), Crowdhelix Limited (CHX), University of National and World Economy (UNWE), Sveuciliste u rijeci, Fakultet za menadzment u turizmu i ugostiteljstvu (FTHM), Universite de Liège (ULiege), Asociația Make Better (MKBT), European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), Culture Goes Europe (CGE) and CEE Bankwatch Network (BWN).