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:  Innovating Public-Private Partnerships in Urban Spatial Transformation Projects (Published in September 2018).

City Solution 6: Financing the Inclusive City (Published in September 2018).

City Solution 7: Devolution to Cities (Published in fall 2018).

City Solution 8: Spatial Innovation in Urban Redevelopment (Published in spring 2019).

 

Present Research Proposals

 

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 urbanisation: nature-based solutions for restoration and rehabilitation of urban ecosystems.

 

EU Knowledge Alliance

Research Lead on the Business Development Work Package

Knowledge alliances are transnational and result-driven activities between higher education institutions and businesses. Our proposal is with IAAC in Barcelona, Spain, Business University of Vienna, Austria and University of Lorraine, France.

 

EU-Funded Projects

 

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 solutions in cities.

URBiNAT focuses on the regeneration and integration of deprived districts in urban development through nature based solutions (NBS), 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 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 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 H2020 Research project Cities 4 People for urban mobility innovation (2017 – 2020)

Lead Applicant & Research Director

The most recent initiative is also EU funded. It is a three -year research and innovation project that devises People -Oriented Transport and Mobility (POTM) 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 research focuses on the following challenges:

  • Oxfordshire addresses underserved connectivity leading to a mismatch between job locations to residential areas.

  • Budapest focuses on creating a better linkage between the city proper and its riverbanks providing green re -creational spaces.

  • Hamburg is removing train tracks opening up a huge urban area of urban redevelopment and enabling new neighbourhood connectivity.

  • Istanbul is challenged by large numbers of commuters on the Uskudar square deploying multiple modes of transport.

  • Trikala is experiencing air pollution and traffic congestion in a busy marketspace.

Please see website here

 

EU Knowledge Alliance Urban Challenge Programme (2012 – 2019)

Lead Applicant & Programme Director

With EU funding, 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.

Please see website here

 

EU Interreg project Scandria Multimodel transport partnerships (2016 – 2018)

Research Lead on Supply Chain Partnerships

The 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. Noring’s contribution to this initiative are proposals for multimodal transport partnerships across the entire supply chain, including identifying the costs and benefits of such partnerships.

 

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. 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.

 

EU Social Fund Project Green Innovation in Cities (2011 – 2015)

Project Manager for Cross-institutional Teaching Programme

Green Innovation in Cities was part of the EU-funded initiative; Copenhagen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab. 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.

 

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 increasing 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 delivery large-scale transformative projects within sustainable urbanisation. 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 U.S.

Please find the report here.

 

Cities and Refugees - The German Experience (2016 – 2017)

Main Researcher & Co-Author

In collaboration with the Brookings Institution, 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.

Please find the report here

 

Realdania and Bloxhub (2016 – 2017)

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.

 

ACADEMIC ADVISER, REVIEWER AND POLICY EXPERT

 

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, Noring acts as an expert in sustainable urbanisation for European Commission on policy recommendations and research proposals for Horizon 2020. In 2015, she was one of 12 experts drafting up 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 urbanisation, 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.

 

CITIES-4-PEOPLE (2017 – 2020)

Advisory Board Member

EU-founded research project on urban mobility innovation across five cities in Europe. The interventions encompass a blend of new digital and social technologies. Noring is co-creating and co-managing the Cities-4-People advisory board.

 

EKLIPSE (2016- Present)

Business Advisory Board Member

Project dedicated to building an innovative and self- sustainable EU support mechanism for evidence-informed policy on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

 

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 increasing 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 delivery large-scale transformative projects within sustainable urbanisation. 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 U.S.

Please find the report here.

 

Cities and Refugees - The German Experience (2016 – 2017)

Main Researcher & Co-Author

In collaboration with the Brookings Institution, 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.

Please find the report here

 

Realdania and Bloxhub (2016 – 2017)

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.