The TESS Project produced a vast range of outputs in a variety of media and targeted at many different audiences. Our final video, entitled “The Diverse Impacts of Community-based Initiatives” provides an overview of all of our main results (watch the video on YouTube).


Final summary report

TESS Final summary report can be downloaded here.

Scientific reports

TESS’ primary academic outputs are the Research Deliverables. These are listed below by work-package (see Research Approach for more information).

Work-package 1: Inventory of community-based initiatives and selection of initiatives for in-depth analysis

Work-package 2: Impact analysis of community-based initiatives, including carbon reduction assessment

Work-package 3: Analysis of success factors and constraints for transition trajectories

Work-package 4: Case study integration and policy recommendations

Work-packages 5 (stakeholder engagement) and 6 (dissemination) deliverables are covered elsewhere in the resources section.


Numerous academic manuscripts are in preparation as a result of TESS. These can be found by searching online for TESS authors’ names. However, the following articles have already been published:

  • Filippo Celata, Ramon Ribera-Fumaz, Cary Yungmee Hendrickson, Venere Stefania Sanna (2017, expected) From community-minded to profit-oriented? An evolutionary perspective on the sharing economy, in Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Special Issue: Sharing Economies? Theories, practices and impacts,  Oxford University Press (
  • Luca Simeone (2014), Interplay between UCD and design management in creating an interactive platform to support low carbon economy. Proceedings of 19th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference, London (UK), 2–4 September 2014 (peer-reviewed, link to the full text:
  • Filippo Celata, Venere Stefania Sanna, Community activism and sustainability: a multi-dimensional assessment, Working Papers – Dept. Memotef (link to the text:
  • Filka Sekulova, Isabelle Anguelovski, Joana Connill, The emergence and growth of community initiatives in the field of sustainability: introducing the theory of the fertile soil, Working Paper

Policy briefs

TESS produced several outputs for policy-makers. The policy briefs cover TESS’ key implications in a 4-page format:

In addition, the three research projects ARTS, TESS and PATHWAYS jointly produced three policy briefs that point at three overarching themes of interest commonly recognized across all the projects as important for research and practice of low-carbon sustainability transitions in European societies:

  • Beyond upscaling? Multiple pathways to accelerate sustainability transitions Andries Hof, Holger Berg, Niki Frantzeskaki, Anne Holsten, Detlef van Vuuren, Steffen Maschmayer, Giorgia Silvestri, Derk Loorbach
  • Tracing impact and showcasing success of transition initiatives: Anne Holsten, Holger Berg, Niki Frantzeskaki, Andries Hof, Steffen Maschmeyer
  • Role of science in sustainability transitions: Holger Berg, Niki Frantzeskaki, Bruno Turnheim, Anne Holsten, Andries Hof, Detlef van Vuuren, Jürgen Kropp

These policy briefs can be downloaded here.

Case studies booklet

Information Sheets

The TESS project will produce a series of Information Sheets on key aspects of the project. They are designed to summarise key findings in a concise and accessible way, and to invite community groups to use the evaluation tools produced through the TESS research. We hope they will encourage community-based initiatives to think about the wider context and potential impact of their activities.

Communication materials


Video outputs

TESS has produced a great deal of video materials to introduce the project, to explore TESS themes, to explain our self-assessment tools and to present our final results. These videos are all available on our youtube channel.


The following videos explain how to use the tools developed in TESS.

Track-It! Tool


Resilience Compass
Below you can find a video tutorial describing how to facilitate an ‘Exploring Community Resilience’ workshop. A Resource Package to support facilitators to run an ‘Exploring Community Resilience’ workshop is available here.
These workshops are primarily intended to be run for members of community-led organisations, initiatives and networks that are working to create communities that can pro-actively engage with shaping the transition away from dependence on fossil fuels.