CURRENT PROJECTS

 

REALDANIA (2019-2021)

Innovative City Solutions for Denmark - Ph.D. AT COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL

This Ph.D. project is funded by Realdania with the purpose of uncovering innovative governance and finance solutions for Danish cities. The project explores systematic, methodical approach starting with the identification of governance models and finance mechanisms across middle-sized Northern European and US cities. 


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

FUTURE CITY NETWORK

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 the deindustrialisation of their 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 (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 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. 


CITIES 4 PEOPLE (2017-2020)

LEAD APPLICANT & RESEARCH DIRECTOR

Cities-4-People is a three-year research and innovation project funded by the EU that devises People-Oriented Transport and Mobility solutions across five European cities building on a blend of new digital and social technologies under an inclusive approach. The aim is to propose solutions of low ecological footprint, a sharing mentality and the potential to solve real urban and peri-urban mobility issues. The cities are Budapest, Hamburg, Istanbul, Trikala and Oxfordshire.


URBAN CHALLENGES (2012-2019)

Lead Applicant & Programme Director

Urban Challenges is an EU-funded Knowledge Alliance initiative. With the Urban Challenges, we are running a three-year initiative consisting of elective courses for graduate students focusing on the cross-disciplinary challenges cities face. Each course is a collaboration between local universities, businesses and municipalities:

Edinburgh-Copenhagen Urban Challenge examines local carbon emission policies and how cities are reducing CO2 emissions.

Hamburg-Copenhagen Urban Challenge focuses on urban regeneration of deindustrialized harbours using the Public Asset Corporation as a finance vehicle.

Helsinki-Copenhagen Urban Challenge uses big data to investigate and identify innovative urban mobility solutions.

Riga-Copenhagen Urban Challenge investigates into retrofitting of publicly owned buildings in compliance with green building standards.

Rome-Copenhagen Urban Challenge conducts a comparative study of urban farming and sheds light on how this impacts human well-being and increases urban liveability.

 

PAST PROJECTS


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.

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MULTIMODEL TRANSPORT PARTNERSHIPS (2016-2018)

Research Lead on Supply Chain Partnerships

This EU-funded Interreg initiative investigates clean, multimodal transport that enables increased connectivity and competitiveness of the Berlin-Oslo corridor, - while minimising negative environmental impact induced by transport. Our contribution to this initiative is recommendations for multi modal transport partnerships across the entire supply chain, including identifying the costs and benefits of such partnerships.


REALDANIA AND BLOXHUB (2016-2018)

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.


EU EIT CLIMATE-KIC ACCELERATOR (2016-2018)

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. 


THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION PROJECTS
(2016-2018)

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.


GREEN INNOVATION IN CITIES (2011-2015)

Project Manager for Cross-institutional Teaching Programme

Green Innovation in Cities was part of the EU SOCIAL FUND initiative; Copenhagen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab (CIEL). The project entailed Initiating and managing the progress of high complexity, knowledge intensive and trans-disciplinary educational projects on sustainable urbanisation across CBS, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and University of Copenhagen (UCPH). The initiative ran in four consecutive years (2011-2015). Noring extended teaching collaborating:

Beijing-Copenhagen Urban Challenge (2013-2015): Noring initiated and set-up a joint graduate course on Urban Air Pollution taught collectively by Peking University, CBS and Technical University of Denmark.

Delhi-Copenhagen Urban Challenge (2014-2015): Noring initiated and set-up joint graduate course on Urban Public Transport taught collectively by Delhi Institute of Management Technology, CBS and University of Copenhagen.