Pitch Your Transformation: Collaborative Governance Models for District Management – Building Local Innovation Ecosystems

Past Event
20 January 2022 17:30 (GMT)
20 January 2022 18:30 (GMT)

This session of ‘Pitch Your Transformation’ incorporates: 

  • The Node CIV-VAL
  • Collaborative Governance Models for District Management – Building Local Innovation Ecosystems
  • Novel evaluation methods to derive insight from science technology and innovation artefacts regarding SDGs

Each project presents for 10 minutes followed with 30 minutes of Q&As. 


The employment of temporary uses in the urban regeneration processes of post-industrial cities holds an extraordinary transformative potential. Temporary uses can be utilized to experiment and prototype ideas, projects, or initiatives that bring all stakeholders of society to work together towards a more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable future. The Horizon 2020 project “T Factor” concerns itself with the development of tools and capacities to tap into this potential. This initiative presents the methodology of one of the project’s experiments, which addresses the question of what are the elements needed to build an innovation ecosystem in the context of Bilbao (ES) and the urban regeneration project of Zorrotzaurre Island. The initiative showcases a comparison of case studies with the context of the Bilbao innovation ecosystem and the steps that will be taken to engage the different stakeholders and decision-makers that have initiated this process.

Ref: #35 (runs with 31, 46)


Experimentation for transformative change


Alejandra Castro Giron
Originally from Mexico, Alejandra Castro Giron is an M.Sc. in Environmental Studies for Urban Sustainability and M.Sc. in Spatial Planning by the University of Aalborg and TU Dortmund, respectively. She is a researcher at the Centre for Social Science Research of the Social Sciences Faculty of TU Dortmund, and part of the consortium for the Horizon 2020 Project “T-Factor”. In T-Factor, Alejandra provides support and guidance to cities looking to employ temporary uses in their urban regeneration masterplans, while helping them develop innovative approaches for city co-creation. For the past year, Alejandra’s research has focused on analysing how the understanding of “temporary uses” by different stakeholders can influence the perceived impact of these implementations. Currently, she is focused on understanding how these urban uses can be implemented as a tool for the localization, pursuit, and measurement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the context of urban regeneration processes.