Kirkby A/s

Researcher & Facilitator

Kirkbi Ltd. is the investment and holding company of the Kirkby Kristiansen family that owns LEGO. The purpose of the project is to build out the children’s economy for the Capital of Children by attracting complimentary large business corporations, education and research institutions, think-tanks and other international, national, regional and local key players for the children’s economy in Billund, where Lego is located.  

City Finance Lab (2018–Present)

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.

City Solution 1: Public Asset Corporation: Copenhagen City & Port Development Corporation. Please find the report here.

City Solution 2: Comparative analysis of Public Asset Corporations across Copenhagen, Hamburg, Helsinki & Lyon. Please find the report here

City Solution 3: Governing city infrastructure: Case study of Hamburg, Manchester and Pittsburgh. Please find the report here.

City Solution 4: Refugee management across the fifteen largest cities in Germany. Please find the report here.

City Solution 5: Patnerships for Improved Sustainability. Please find the report here.

City Solution 6: Financing the Inclusive City. Please find the report here.

City Solution 7: Devolution to Cities (To be published in fall 2018).

City Solution 8: Spatial Innovation in Urban Redevelopment (To be published in spring 2019).

 

Present Research Proposals & projects

 

EU H2020 RIA PROPOSAL

Lead Applicant & Research Lead

“Smart and nature-based solutions for urban ecosystems” (NBS-4-ECO) for SC5-13-2018-2019: Strengthening international cooperation on sustainable urbanization: nature-based solutions for restoration and rehabilitation of urban ecosystems.

 

EU H2020 RIA PROPOSAL

Lead Applicant & Research Lead

"Transforming historic urban areas and/or cultural landscapes into hubs of entrepreneurship and social and cultural integration" for SC5-2019

 

EU H2020 RESEARCH PROJECT URBINAT (2018–2023)

Research Lead on the Business Development Work Package

Regeneration and integration of deprived districts through healthy corridors as drivers for the co-creation of social and environmental nature-based[DA1]  solutions in cities.

URBiNAT focuses on the regeneration and integration of deprived districts in urban development through nature-based solutions (NBS), ensuring sustainability and mobilizing 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 neighborhoods. The neighborhoods are in Porto in Portugal, Nantes in France, Sofia in Bulgaria, Brussels in Belgium, Siena in Italy, Nova Gorica in Slovenia, and Høje-Tåstrup in Denmark.

The project objectives are:

1) Create communities of practice for HEALTHY URBAN LABS and an INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICES

2) Achieve new models of urban development addressing nature-based solutions for inclusive urban regeneration through an innovative public space and HEALTHY CORRIDORS

3) Implement an OBSERVATORY FOR URBAN INCLUSIVE AND INNOVATIVE NATURE

 

EU KNOWLEDGE ALLIANCE BUILD (2018-2022)

Research Lead on the Business Development Work Package

The objective of the project is to set up transdisciplinary cooperation among universities and businesses to address a skills and financing gap in the biotechnology sector (in the context of the proposal it is indeed nature-based solutions that the consortium focuses on). The skills will help increase entrepreneurship and subsequent market uptake of intelligent living, biotech and biomimicry solutions to help green cities. The project will develop an experimental transdisciplinary education system linking biology, intelligent design and business expertise to provide a programme of educational courses, symposia, educational resources, an accelerator programme and an international call for ideas and new networks.

 

EU EIT CLIMATE-KIC ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME (2016–PRESENT)

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.

 

EKLIPSE (2017–PRESENT)

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. Dr. 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. Dr. Noring is also a member of the EKLIPSE Business Advisory Board.

 

EU EXPERT GROUP NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS AND RENATURING CITIES (2014–2015)

Policy Group Expert Member

Expert member of the “Renaturing Cities” Expert Group, DG - Research and Innovation, European Commission. Since 2014, Dr. Noring acts as an expert in sustainable urbanization for the European Commission on policy recommendations and research proposals for Horizon 2020. In 2015, she was one of 12 experts drafting policy recommendations for “Nature-Based Solutions and Renaturing Cities” presented to and accepted by the European Parliament in 2015.

Please find the report here.

 

H2020 EXPERT EVALUATOR (2014–PRESENT)

Active Research Evaluator

Expert evaluator at Horizon 2020 research proposals on sustainable urbanization, nature-based solutions, and renaturing cities.

 

EU HDDP EU-CHINA PANELLIST (2012–2014)

Participant in Expert Panel

Expert panel member for policy recommendations on the EU–China High-Level People-to-People Dialogue (HPPD) set up by DG – Education and Culture and the Chinese Vice Premier.

 

GREENTECH CHALLENGE (2015–PRESENT)

Business Advisory Board Member

Advisor to business incubator for green tech start-ups.

 

PUBLIC ASSET CORPORATION AS A NEW FINANCE VEHICLE FOR URBAN REDEVELOPMENT (2015–2019)

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 outdated 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.

Please find the comparative report here and the Copenhagen City & Port report here.

 

GOVERNING CITY INFRASTRUCTURE (2015–2017)

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.

Please find the report here.

 

REALDANIA AND BLOXHUB (2016–2017)

Business Coach on International Partnerships

Bloxhub offers 500 workspaces for innovative companies within sustainable urbanization. Bloxhub is Realdania and Copenhagen city’s initiative within business innovation development. Dr. Noring facilitates internationalization through smart partnerships across Europe and the US. In addition, she 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 internationalization through partnering.