City learning lab processes were introduced to ensure a sound method of co-production, integrating a range of stakeholders in the process of exploring climate information for decision-making at city level. Cities face many challenges and operate in complex systems. The learning lab approach allows partners from various backgrounds to explore challenges in more depth, looking for integrated ways to address them.
The primary impact was to unpack the burning issues identified in each city. An important, secondary impact was the establishment of interpersonal connections, resulting from the iterative nature of the process. The approach can be an effective way to engage diverse stakeholders on tackling a shared problem by exploring different perspectives. It requires skilled facilitation, and ideally contributes to a deeper analysis of a specific problem and possible solutions, while developing new cross sectoral networks.