WP#7: Coordination, Communication & Dissemination

WP#7 consolidates the structures of joint project collaboration with our partners at the level of science, implementation, dissemination and utilization.

Internally, coordination ensures trans-disciplinary integration. Externally, the activities are managed with the implementation and dissemination partners to ensure maximum impact.

The construction boom in Phnom Penh does not primarily address the needs of the broader population – the urban poor and the emerging middle class.

The large apartment blocks in the city center, which are increasingly shaping the cityscape, are often speculative investments aimed primarily at international investors, built by companies with almost exclusively the goal of short-term profit maximization. The large borey settlements which arise in the urban periphery of Phnom Penh, have enormous high land consumption and generate high volumes of traffic.

Despite the high local electricity prices, the newly constructed buildings are usually neither energy-efficient nor adapted to the tropical climate.

Currently, sustainability issues have not been taken sufficiently into account. Therefore, the Build4People‘s project approach is particularly relevant.

Sustainability is a transversal issue. To achieve a viable implementation, with a sustained impact, we pursue a trans-disciplinary and holistic approach incorporating innovative methods and expertise from various fields.

The work package teams will cooperate together, share their findings and develop joint deliverables. Tools and products will systematically build upon each other. Learning curves and feedback loops will be incorporated into the project design.

The promotion of sustainable buildings cannot only happen in the top-down manner of simply issuing regulations. To kick-start change and advocate implementation we will therefore follow an inclusive method of engagement, encouragement, enablement and exemplification (Jackson 2006).

Our general approach is to convince people rather than to force them.

Our project promotes sustainable buildings and sustainable urban development in Cambodia from a people-centred perspective whose connecting scientific-conceptional, analytical and superior normative bracket is always the quality of urban life.

With this project, our multi-disciplinary team focuses on aligning people’s needs and aspirations with tools to benefit and enhance their living. We believe this will lead to major effects on urban sustainability through more energy- and resource-efficient buildings. The results we seek are no less than significantly lowered pollutant emissions, an increase of urban green, a healthier urban climate, raised awareness among decision makers, modified behaviour among the citizens and an overall better quality of urban life.

Our Scientific Advisory Board will ensure that our measures are demand-driven and adapted to the local context.


  • Ensuring integrative research through trans-disciplinarity
  • Adapted implementation and dissemination strategy
  • Coordinating the cooperation with the implementation and the dissemination partners
  • Social media campaign including video clip trailers
  • Preparing for the placement of a CIM expert for national and local key authorities to facilitate implementation
  • Build4People Ecocity Transition Lab in cooperation with Phnom Penh City Hall
  • Support to conceptualize urban quality of life
  • Support to develop 1st edition of the Build4People exhibition „Green Buildings & Sustainable Neighbourhoods“
Overview of Build4People consortium


Definition Phase (2019-2021)
The 18 month definition phase initially serves to consolidate the partnership structures with our local research, implementation and dissemination partners. At the research level, key milestones are the joint identification of relevant indicators and methods intended to serve a trans-disciplinary, mutual understanding of the notion of quality of urban life.
Our research results are summarized in the basic reports of each work package and are the foundation for evidence-based decision-making for our implementation partners.

The trans-disciplinarily developed Build4People products, such as the 1st edition of the touring exhibition “Green Buildings and Sustainable Neighbourhoods” or the results of our surveys on urban quality of life, will be presented at several dissemination events. Intensive public relations campaigns will be launched in parallel to all activities.

Dissemination is promoted through joint events with established multipliers, business partners (EuroCham / industrial fair), culture (META-Haus) and political education (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung).

Research & Development Phase (2021-2025)
The overall aim of theBuild4People RD phase is to support and analyse a transformative shift in Phnom Penh’s current business-as-usual urban development pathway towards a pathway with higher sustainability and liveability levels, with the building sector as the entrance point of our research.

Urban transition scholars have recently highlighted that such a sustainable urban transformation creates not only technological, but also a social, cultural, economic and political challenges. In order to improve understanding and address these challenges, B4P will combine societal and scientific problem-based analytical research with transdisciplinary action research approaches with the aim to (i) understand possible transition pathways, barriers and drivers and to (ii) align support of transformational change in the behavioural, environmental, technical and policy dimensions. To achieve this, we facilitate collaborative planning workshops (e.g. Eco City Transition Lab), strategic niche management approaches (e.g. Sustainable Building Incubator), transitional management approaches (e.g. Sustainable Building Arena) and subsequent experimental implementation. All of these steps will generate actionable knowledge for local stakeholders and a basis for data-driven evidence-based decision-making. Finally, the application within action research processes shall also lead to (re-)integration of created knowledge and subsequent refinement of theory.

Throughout the RD phase, cross-cutting input will be given to capacity mobilisation with a focus on curriculum development support among our research partners. This offers the opportunity to feed in our refined research findings with a lasting impact and also serves as another transdisciplinary instrument to compile and connect results from all Work Packages.

The integrating link of our scientific-conceptional, analytical and normative dimension is the urban quality of life, which we consider to be the general foundation for our people-driven approach. During the RD phase, we will jointly conceptualize, measure, and model urban quality of life and consider its political dimension and relationship to sustainability.

We will co-design urban sustainability criteria and strategies based on an identified case study site at the urban-rural fringe of Phnom Penh. The transdisciplinary research process will be connected to (a) national-level policymaking processes through B4P’s membership in the inter-ministerial sector Technical Working Groups on Green Buildings and Sustainable Cities, (b) transnational initiatives through a regional technical roadmap as a localized part of UNEP‘s global road-mapping activities, and (c) the local start-up scene through the Sustainable Building Incubator. Our results will be further disseminated through tangible knowledge products such as a toolbox, a handbook or several exhibitions reaching out to different target groups via locally established multipliers. 


Implementation Phase (2025-2027)
The final two-year phase aims to encourage the practical implementation by involving partners such as GIZ, KFW, UNDP or other donor organisations, and to extend the results of our project to other cities in Cambodia.

WP#7 is implemented by the Build4People consortium leader, the University of Hamburg and the Cambodian Institute of Urban Studies (CIUS).

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Research Poster

Hamburg University
• Department of Human Geograpy • Bundesstraße 55 • 20146 Hamburg • Germany
WP#7 Leader: Dr. Michael Waibel (michael@build4people.org)
WP#7 Local Project Management Assistance: Dr. Susanne Bodach (susanne@build4people.org)
WP#7 Project Management Partner: Cambodian Institute of Urban Studies (CIUS)
CIUS Director: Dr. Tep Makathy (makathytep@gmail.com)