partnerships and financing for an inclusive city, Copenhagen, Denmark

7 - 8 Oct 2019. This conference is managed by Luise Noring and her team and hosted by Copenhagen City and Port Development Corporation and ICLEI. At the conference, several Nordic city solutions will be presented, including infrastructure financing, affordable and social housing financing. Subsequently, deep-dive workshops will be held focusing on how to adapt the solutions to other cities.

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CONFIDENTIAL (2018-2019)

Researcher & Facilitator

The purpose of the project is to attract complimentary large business corporations, education and research institutions, think-tanks and other international, national, regional and local key players to a danish corporate city located in a rural area.



CITY FINANCE LAB (2018-2022)

Research Director & Founding Partner

The City Finance Lab and the best-practice city solutions are a vehicle for deepening and accelerating urban problem solving. The City Finance Lab is a source of applied research on the most promising models of urban governance and finance that are emerging to tackle hard economic, social and environmental challenges and fuel investments in cities. Copenhagen City & Port Development Corporation and HafenCity Hamburg GmbH are both core members of the Lab. Each year, we publish 2-3 research reports and host 1-2 workshops. In October 2018, we hosted a two-day workshop with HafenCity Hamburg GmbH attended by six European cities concerning urban regeneration of deindustrialised city ports.

Unique to the City Solutions are that they present:

  • Institutional forms that are tried and tested over decades – even centuries

  • Institutions are either publicly owned or privately owned, yet, always operate as privately managed corporations

  • Institutions operate independent of national and local government

  • Institutions always serve public purposes such as providing large-scale affordable housing, public transit and other infrastructures

  • Financing does not rely on tax payers’ money, including does not increase taxation nor builds tax credits

  • Funds stem from private owners or publicly owned assets

  • Yield is reinvested into the system 

  • Funds are accumulated and reinvested enabling consolidation and scaling

  • Revolving funds model 

  • Self-reliant and -sustainable forms of financing

URBINAT (2018-2023)

Research Lead on the Business Development Work Package

URBiNAT is an EU-funded Research and Innovation Action. Regeneration and integration of deprived districts through healthy corridors as drivers for the co-creation of social and environmental nature-based solutions in cities. URBiNAT focuses on the regeneration and integration of deprived districts in urban development through nature-based solutions, ensuring sustainability and mobilising driving forces for urban social cohesion. Specifically, URBiNAT focuses on "public space" and the creation of new urban, social and nature relations with and between different neighbourhoods. The neighbourhoods are in Portoin Portugal, Nantesin France, Sofiain Bulgaria, Brusselsin Belgium, Sienain Italy, Nova Goricain Slovenia, and Høje-Tåstrup in Denmark.

BUILD’s (2018-2022)

Research Lead on the Business Development Work Package

The objective of the EU KNOWLEDGE ALLIANCE is to set up trans-disciplinary cooperation among universities and businesses to address a skills and financing gap for the nature-based solutions. BUILD’s develops an experimental trans-disciplinary education linking biology, intelligent design and business expertise, including an accelerator programme and an international call for ideas and new networks. 



EKLIPSE (2017-2019)

Research Lead on Business Development

This EU-funded research project develops a mechanism for supporting decision-making on the natural environment and resources based on evidence-based science. A strong expert network supports the mechanism and informs decisions on project funding propositions. Noring conducts a business case for EKLIPSE focusing on the long-term economic sustainability of the mechanism and network. This includes running several interactive workshops with EKLIPSE stakeholders and experts. Noring is also a member of the EKLIPSE Business Advisory Board.



Business Coach on International Partnerships

Bloxhub offers 500 workspaces for innovative companies within sustainable urbanisation. Bloxhub is Realdania and Copenhagen city’s initiative within business innovation development. Noring facilitates internationalisation through smart partnerships across Europe and the U.S. In addition, Noring is mapping out the scope of the different types of partnerships and activities designated in the different partnerships resulting in a detailed implementation plan for internationalisation through partnering.


Research Lead on Business Development for Urban Start-Ups

Assisting Copenhagen, Helsinki and Goteborg municipalities in the development of business accelerators, including identifying new business ideas, start-ups and urban innovation across Scandinavia. The propositions are tailored to the specific business and offerings of the accelerator, including partnerships and ideas for scaling. 


Non-resident Senior Research Fellow  

Public Asset Corporation

Main Researcher & Co-Author

Cities across the world face increasing demands at a time when public resources are under enormous pressure. Cities are plagued by out-dated or inadequate infrastructure and underutilized areas. This has sent many cities searching for new vehicles for infrastructure finance given the inability of increase taxes. Together with the Brookings Institution, we have published a report on the public asset corporation as a new finance vehicle for urban redevelopment exemplified by Copenhagen City & Port Development Corporation. Together with La Fabrique, we are working on a comparative study of the public asset corporation model across Copenhagen, Hamburg, Helsinki, and Lyon.

Governing City Infrastructure

Main Researcher & Co-Author

This applied research is a joint project with Siemens Cities, LSE Cities, and the Brookings Institution. It sheds light on how cities deliver large-scale transformative projects within sustainable urbanization. The targeted cities are Hamburg, Manchester, and Pittsburgh. The purpose is to understand the dynamics of city governance and finance in order to identify best practices that can be applied to other cities across Europe and the US.

Cities and Refugees - The German Experience

Main Researcher & Co-Author

We have investigated into how the 15 largest German cities tackled the distribution and immediate settlement of refugees. So far, we have shared our findings with numerous stakeholders, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Bank and several national and city governments. The second research brief due in September concentrates on long-term settlement and labour market integration.