The TESS-researchers have submitted a summary report of the case study findings in work package 3 (“Analysis of success factors and constraints for transition trajectories”). It provides a rich tapestry of results derived from the semi-structured interviews conducted with members and stakeholders of 14 community-based initiatives (CBIs) over the duration of the project. The in-depth interviews were conducted with representatives and stakeholders of energy cooperatives, alternative food networks, community-based recycling centres, trusts and bicycle workshops. The deliverable first elaborates on the process and methodology with which TESS partners engaged to be able to analyse the wealth of data collected. Next, it provides a short description of key findings for each country/initiative, organized around the following five areas:

  • Trajectories of community-based initiatives, dealing with the evolutionary path of CBIs and the factors which influenced them along the way, including various conflictive events and tensions;
  • Power and politics, dealing with the CBIs’ intended/unintended or invisible/visible exclusionary patterns, such as power structures, hierarchies, discourses, dilemmas and imaginaries, as well as their ability to engage/benefit a diverse range of people;
  • Governance and governing relations, dealing with the conceptualization of governance within CBIs and the way regulatory structures hinder/enable particular CBIs, as well as the spaces of creativity and experimentation, which open up through local engagement with regulatory arrangements, or the way through which local initiatives emerge as governing actors;
  • CBI’s aspirations and rationalities, dealing with the diversity of aspirations and rationalities underpinning CBIs and the way these are being negotiated, including the possible tensions within;
  • Money and community-based initiatives, dealing with the relation between CBI’s perception/use of (and dependence upon) money and initiatives’ wider social impact and evolutionary path.

In the next step, the findings will be transferred into synthetic and comparable information on the critical factors behind the success, persistence and up-scaling of initiatives. To read the full report, click here.