October 2016 – September 2018

Context and framework

Over the last decades, although a general retrenchment of the State in terms of direct intervention in the market, public intervention to address collective problems has been enlarged, challenged by the emergence of new needs, demands and socio-economic risks. In front of new challenges and unsolved old problems, policy making and public service delivery have also been gradually evolving towards more inclusive governance models. Furthermore, there has been a continuous push of the EU in promoting participatory approaches in the delivery of public policies, in particular in the field of ESI funds: the partnership principle has been for a long time one of the key principles for managing the European Fund and it is now considered as key to delivering the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

The project aims to generate and disseminate shared, structured and constructive knowledge on participatory governance (co-design and co-production participatory processes) through an intense process of dialogue and communication among policy makers, civil society actors and practitioners.

The specific focus is on sustainable energy and more in general all the solutions aiming at generating more efficiency and effectiveness in public services and public endowments.


The main objectives of this project are:

  • Explore existing models of participatory governance in the field of sustainable energy and, in particular, their legitimacy, effectiveness, sustainability and success mechanisms, by drawing together theoretical knowledge and on-the-ground experiences;
  • Deliberate on the main critical points (capacities, procedures and processes, mechanisms) for boosting participatory governance to achieve better outcomes in the field of sustainable energy, by fostering a constructive multi-actor dialogue on these issues;
  • Produce an interactive knowledge tool on participatory governance in sustainable energy for raising awareness among public administrators about different alternative participatory approaches, methodologies and tools and the potential consequences of these alternative scenarios based on concrete experiences and pragmatic examples;
  • Communicate and disseminate shared knowledge on participatory governance in sustainable energy, and in particular on its effectiveness, sustainability and legitimacy and on mechanisms for enhancing success and take up of participatory governance in the daily practices of public administrations in Europe.

Project ENLARGE in a nutshell – download the document (.pdf)