Institute for Social Research in Zagreb is one of the eleven partner organizations, led by the Society For Sustainable Development Design (DOOR) in the implementation of the recently started project “METER to a better climate (Network for Education, Transition, Adaptation and Development)“. The project is financed by the European Social Fund and co-financed by the Office for Cooperation with NGOs of the Republic of Croatia. The Project Leader is Executive Director of the DOOR Slavica Robić, and the Principal Investigator for the Institute is Branko Ančić.

In a close and long-standing mutual collaboration between civil society organizations, local authorities and research organizations, the partners will strive, by employing innovative methods and scientific research, towards finding solutions for preventing the greatest threat of modern times, the climate crisis, whereby taking care of citizens affected by energy poverty, who will be most affected by climate changes, and to whom the adaptive measures will be hard to afford.

This joint endeavour will seek to set up a foundation for establishing a permanent formal network of stakeholders who will, through knowledge and information exchange, strive to achieve greater impact on public policies, thereby establishing METER as a unique platform for a transition into a low-carbon society, based on fair socio-economic development and adapted to climate changes.

Slavica Robić, Ivana Rogulj and Branko Ančić have previously investigated the problem of energy poverty in the Western Balkans, in a chapter published in the book “Energy Poverty and Vulnerability. A Global Perspective“ (Routledge, 2017).

Besides DOOR and ISRZ, other partner institutions include: “Eko-Zadar“, Ecological Society of Slavonski Brod-BED, Green Istria, Forum for Freedom in Education, Institute for Political Ecology, Terra Hub, Green Action, University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and the City of Zagreb.

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Published: November 9, 2020