CITY FACILITATORS was established by Luise Noring in 2016 as an intermediator between research and practice working on public sector process innovation and private sector economic innovation – both with the aim fostering inclusive economic growth. Noring has a Ph.D. in Business Economics and years of research and consultancy experience with city development, including institutional and finance solutions for inclusive economic growth. Since 2016, Noring is the Research Director of the Sustainable Urbanisation Team at Copenhagen Business School.
As a doctorate in business economist, Luise Noring specializes in urban governance and finance. Much of this work is captured in City Solutions series addressing how to spur inclusive economic growth of deindustrialized and depopulated urban areas, finance infrastructure investments, enable novel affordable and social housing models, and accumulate political and fiscal powers of municipalities, to name but a few.
The City Solutions series has evolved over years of research focused on capturing and codifying unique institutional forms and finance mechanisms. In this way, the City Solutions hold high levels of institutional innovation, experimentation and adaptive learning, all of which enable skipping ahead of the learning curve for cities willing to adopt and adapt the tried and tested City Solutions. The goal of the City Solutions is to bring depth and specificity to the analysis of institutional solutions, distilling enabling features and financial mechanisms, to enable large-scale adoption and adaptation.
Noring is an Assistant Professor and Research Director heading a team of researchers and project coordinators at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. During 2014-15, Noring worked as an EU commissioned policy expert advising on sustainable urbanization, re-naturing cities, and nature-based solutions. Since 2016, Noring’s company, City Facilitators, has provided specialist advice and guidance on urban growth, business development and urban finance mechanisms to predominately European and U.S. public agencies and private corporations.
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Project manager, city solutions
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 Manager and Research Analyst at City Facilitators. She manages EU Horizon 2020 projects on urbanisation and sustainable city solutions. Ohler holds an MA from Aarhus University in International Politics and Business and has worked as a researcher at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies. Originally from Hamburg in Germany, she lived and studied in the U.S., Spain, Denmark, and Australia. Internationally educated she speaks German, English, Spanish, and Danish.
Currently, Ohler is coordinating the 5-year Horizon 2020 EU programme URBiNAT (Urban, Inclusive and Innovative Nature), where she manages seven project partners and develops business cases for the implementation of sustainable nature-based city solutions. Moreover, she is leading a work-package in the BUILD’s (building urban intelligent living design solutions) project, where she is coaching green start-ups in an accelerator programme. Additionally, Ohler is writing academic articles targeting innovative urban governance and finance solutions in European and U.S. cities. Currently, she is re-submitting an article on urban governance impact on project delivery in Hamburg (Germany), Manchester (UK), and Pittsburgh (U.S.A.).
Dr. Adam Grydehøj (Ph.D, University of Aberdeen) is a human geographer who works across regions and disciplines. His research focuses on urban development in coastal cities, island politics and economy, and indigeneity and decolonality. His key research sites are in East Asia, Northern Europe, and the Arctic. Grydehøj is guest professor at Guangzhou University's School of Tourism Studies, research associate at the University of Prince Edward Island's Institute of Island Studies, and executive editor of the peer-reviewed international journal Island Studies Journal. He has published over 50 journal articles, book chapters, and academic reports and has coauthored with researchers from Australia, China, Greenland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the USA.