Mapping for Change


UP2030: Urban Planning and design ready for 2030

UP2030 aims to guide 11 pilot cities through the technical and social transition needed to meet their climate neutrality ambitions and develop pathways and enabling environments for other cities to follow suit. This will be achieved through research, actions and initiatives involving communities, stakeholders, and local administrations.

The active and inclusive participation of communities is considered vital in this process to ensure that their real needs are properly considered and reflected in the vision created for eachcity. This is the only way to ensure fairness and equity in the energy and climate transition.

Problem definition

Cities are responsible for approximately 75% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Taking action in cities is therefore essential to meet the 2030 and 2050 emission reduction targets of the European Green Pact, established in response to the Paris Agreement. In addition, The European 2030 Climate Neutral Smart Cities Mission calls for even faster action by cities to achieve carbon neutrality.

Our role

Mapping for Change is responsible for City and stakeholder engagement, through the deployment of innovative, participatory and inclusive engagement activities, to identify the needs for updating policies and practice; the barriers in following best practices; and the drivers of change in each of the 11 cities where the UP2030 approach is being piloted. Our interactive Community Mapping platform will provide one of the solutions within which to engage different actors at a neighbourhood scale with the view to supporting spatial justice and participation. Mapping for Change will also act as the City Liaison for the Belfast pilot. and lead on the gender and equality analyses throughout the project.


The project is funded under Horizon Europe and led at the European level by FRAUNHOFER with 45 collaborating partners. The pilot cities are: Belfast, Budapest, Granollers, Istanbul, Lisbon, Milan, Münster, Rio de Janeiro, Rotterdam, Thessaloniki and Zagreb. The project will run for a period of three years from January 2023.

Related Projects


WeGovNow is a three year research and innovation project focusing on civic participation in local government. It aims to change the relationship between citizens and local governments, transforming the citizen’s role from customer into partner. This is to be achieved with the development of a single community engagement platform, where citizens can interact with their governments and participate in local decision-making.

CIVACT - Promoting civic engagement among youth through district development

CIVACT is a EU-funded, two-year project which aims to address the lack of civic engagement among hard-to-reach youths in urban areas. The goal is to understand how can we empower young people to become the driving force for change through observing and analysing their neighbourhood’s resources and challenges.

COMENSI - Bridging the gap between adults and civic engagement

An EU project which aims to understand the lack of participation amongst adults, in formal consultations within deprived neighbourhoods. The project aims to understand the reasons for such lack for participation and which tools and strategies could be developed to change it.