Paper in preparation

A publication with the working title “Understanding the science-policy interface in urban climate governance from a co-production perspective. Insights from Hamburg and São Paulo” discussing the iSPECS findings in more detail is currently under preparation.

Working abstract: Cities worldwide are both key contributor to and severely affected by climate change. In consequence, urban governance is considered to play a key role with regard to climate change mitigation and adaptation. While transdisciplinarity and co-production are advanced as instrumental approaches to facilitate climate action, the well-known science-policy gap widely persists. Research increasingly shows that the production and use of climate information is strongly shaped by the specific socio-political context. The objective of the article is to better understand the complex and fluid nature of climate urban governance with which climate information is expected to interplay with. To do so, we make use of the analytical lens of co-production. Building upon two case studies – Hamburg, Germany and São Paulo, Brazil – we aim to illustrate how institutional and socio-cultural factors shape urban climate decision-making and their interaction with science and climate information. We present the results of interviews with relevant actors from both cities in dialogue with the outcomes of a systematic literature review (SLR), which addresses the institutional and socio-cultural barriers and drivers influencing the uptake of climate information in decision-making in European and Latin American cities. Being aware of and taking into account institutional and socio-cultural aspects of a specific context eventually contributes to narrowing the persistent science-policy gap.