City Facilitators is an organization that coordinates, facilitates and is a thought leader on processes which contributes to sustainable city development. City Facilitators contributes to projects as the connecting partner, that enables future cities to meet future demands and create holistic and sustainable societies.
Urbanization, resource scarcity and climate changes are interrelated challenges that make it necessary for cities to rethink their current and future urban metabolisms to ensure sustainable cities. Future cities must be able to comply with demands such as greater need for food supply, transportation, waste handling, etc.
Facilitating processes that contribute to the transformation of sustainable future cities by integrating sustainable methods and tools into the urban metabolism and creating circular processes that rethink supply- and value chains so that they are capable of successfully turning urban challenges into valuable potentials is the core of City Facilitators.
Dr. Luise Noring
Dr. Luise Noring has a background in supply chain management, including a Master in supply chain management and a Ph.D. in supply chain partnerships. For the past six years, Dr. Noring’s focus has shifted to include research into the complexity of cities homing in on understanding how cities are governed and financed. Dr. Noring’s research is applied and samples experience and learnings across predominantly European cities. Focus is on distilling best practices and developing methods and tools that allow for those practices to be adapted and adopted across cities. While most of Dr. Noring’s work is EU-funded, she has also been commissioned by the Brookings Institution, Siemens Cities, LSE Cities, and La Fabrique de la Cité, the philanthropic branch of Da Vince Group. With first-hand knowledge of field research into cities, urban challenges, and solutions, Noring has developed broad experience with global cities and city stakeholders.
Dr. Noring is an Assistant Professor, Research Director, and heads a team of researchers and project coordinators at Copenhagen Business School. She is an expert in sustainable urbanisation, renaturing cities, and nature-based solutions at the European Commission. Since 2016, Dr. Noring’s company, City Facilitators, has provided specialists with counselling on urban growth, governance, and finance.
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Senior research analyst
David Struthers is an urban historian with interdisciplinary pursuits. His forthcoming monograph titled The World in a City: Multiethnic Radicalism in Early Twentieth Century Los Angeles (University of Illinois Press) explores the dynamics of a city and region with a rapidly developing economy and large-scale immigration. His volume Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW (Pluto Press, 2017), edited with Peter Cole and Kenyon Zimmer, is the first global history of the Industrial Workers of the World. He is currently working on a monograph on the history of social media before the Internet. Struthers is an expert on cities, immigration, ethnicity, race, and media use. He received his Ph.D. in history from Carnegie Mellon University in the United States in 2010.
Laura Prisca Ohler
Laura Prisca Ohler is a Project Coordinator and Research Analyst at City Facilitators and manages EU Horizon 2020 projects on urbanisation and sustainable city solutions. She holds a Master’s degree from Aarhus University in International Politics and Business. Originally from Hamburg in Germany, she lived and studied in the US, Spain, Denmark, and Australia. Internationally educated she speaks German, English, Spanish, and Danish.
Laura previously managed consultancy and advisory projects at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies. Here, she worked with both public and private organisations, e.g. the Danish Ministry of Health, where she applied qualitative and quantitative research methods and conducted surveys on the future of digital health in European cities. She developed these research competences in an extensive 2-year long collaborative work, where she analysed the organisational and sociological assessment processes of the multinational company Airbus.
At the J. Boye Group, she organised and co-moderated international knowledge sharing expert sessions for digital management professionals (Intranet, Internal Comms, Digital Governance), providing her with extensive networking skills and the ability to engage and interact professionally with many different types of people and cultures. Her extensive experiences and competences within organisation, coordination, and moderation provide valuable support to the NBS-4-ECO project.