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The number and impact of self organizing citizens initiatives is growing fast. Many citizens organize themselves to produce sustainable energy, to provide care to each other or to manage outdoor areas. Public authorities have to think about what these initiatives imply for them and how they have to react upon them.

The RePolis Research Program studies these initiatives from a Public Administration perspective. We analyze how they contribute to the governance capacity of society. We compare initiatives within the domains of water management, energy, care and area development (placemaking) and in different countries.

The program is financed by the Erasmus University Rotterdam. It combines a scientific ambition (to explain patterns of self organization and strategies that facilitate self organization) and a valorization ambition. With regard to the latter we aim to come to proven interventions that contribute to the effective interplay between citizen initiatives and institutions.