DUT Transition Pathways

Our threefold approach to drive urban transitions

The DUT Partnership boosts urban transitions through its three thematic priorities – the Transition Pathways. While they may vary in their thematic focus, their origins, ambitions, and activities are strongly linked with each other. All three Transition Pathways are driven by a mission-oriented approach and a desire to fund R&I projects that – beyond creating new knowledge on urban challenges – also ensure that such knowledge can be translated into practice. The DUT mission is to support urban transitions by building up an Innovation Portfolio of 50+ solutions, insights, and learnings for each Transition Pathway.


Positive Energy Districts (PED)

The Positive Energy Districts Transition Pathway (PED TP) aims to develop innovative solutions for planning, large-scale implementation, and replication of PEDs across Europe. PEDs are energy-efficient and energy-flexible urban areas that generate net zero emissions while managing renewable energy. Our mission is to initialise 100 PEDs in Europe by 2025 and contribute to the Mission on Climate-neutral and Smart Cities with an innovation portfolio of PED solutions until 2030.

Themes in the PED Pathway:

  • PED as a tool to decentralise the energy system
  • PED as a socio-technical concept
  • Mainstreaming and replication of PED concept

15-minute City (15mC)

The 15-minute City Transition Pathway (15mC TP) aims to connect measures of mobility, logistics, public space, and planning to promote and create momentum for the urban mobility transition. We envision to support strategic frameworks and policies to make sustainable modes of transport the default in neighbourhoods and cities.

Themes in the 15mC Pathway:

  • Sustainable urban mobility
  • People-centred urban planning
  • Smart logistics

Circular Urban Economies (CUE)

The Circular Urban Economies Transition Pathway (CUE TP) aims to support cities to become more resource efficient and reduce their impact on the planet. CUE encourages cities to implement circular measures that address socio-economic inequalities, promote social cohesion, and improve access to urban resources, services, and green areas.

Themes in the CUE Pathway:

  • The built environment as a resource base
  • Integrated approaches with social cohesion and resource issues
  • Regenerative urbanism

Want to learn more? You can read more about the Transition Pathways in the DUT in a Nutshell publication.



CUE TP Coordinators: Björn Wallsten, bjorn.wallsten@formas.se & Ann Maudsley, ann.maudsley@formas.se

PED TP Coordinator: Christoph Gollner, christoph.gollner@ffg.at

15mC TP Coordinator: Maximilian Jäger, maximilian.jaeger@austriatech.at