Collaborative Governance Models for District Management

Building Local Innovation Ecosystems – A Case Study Report for Zorrotzaurre, Bilbao

Authors: Alejandra Castro, Nicole Panitz and Eva Wascher (TU Dortmund University)

Many cities all over the world have established collaborative district and neighbourhood management models with a large variety in organisational and legal models as well as the missions and inclusiveness of actors involved. In essence, collaborative governance supports the cooperation of different actors from public bodies, research, business and civil society, so that at best, new communities of shared responsibilities can be defined and joint action can be agreed on to tackle problems and to solve them locally on the level of the neighbourhood. Collaborative governance arrangements in urban development touch upon topics such as co-production, governance mechanisms for stakeholder coordination, district management & joint urban planning.

This report is the result of a T-Lab activity within T-Lab 6 – Social Innovation and Social Inclusion, led by partners from TU Dortmund University, Germany. It presents an explorative case study collection about collaborative governance models for district management. The aim of the report is to foster a critical discussion about possible outlines of a collaborative governance model for Zorrotzaurre, Bilbao—one of the pilot sites of the T-Factor project. Work has been carried out in cooperation with T-Factor’s Local Coalition in Bilbao.