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Governance of shrinkage within a European context

Objective

It is the aim of SHRINK SMART to study the role of policies and governance systems in different types of shrinking urban regions. It is based on comparative case studies from seven urban regions throughout Europe with a focus on disadvantaged urban regions in Eastern and Southern Europe that will provide a basis for analyzing different trajectories of shrinkage, understanding main challenges for urban planning and elaborating alternatives for urban governance. Firstly, the impact of shrinkage for urban and regional development that are caused by population losses will be identified focusing on different fields; the main challenges will be elaborated in a comparative perspective. Secondly, the relation between local institutional structures and modes of decision making on the one hand and the challenges of shrinkage on the other will be analysed. Here, the focus will be on strategies and instruments, on the relation of public and private actors and on institutional frameworks and cross-scale interactions. As a result, different trajectories of shrinkage processes within Europe will be defined and a set of policy recommendations for different constellations of shrinking cities will be developed. Furthermore, with the aim of providing practicable knowledge for decision-makers, SHRINK SMART will engage in extensive dissemination activities and develop a set of tools and policy recommendations. Summarizing, SHRINK SMART embarks on the following key objectives: • to identify main challenges caused by shrinkage for urban and regional development, • to develop an analytical framework for understanding the challenges of development in different types of shrinking urban regions, • to draw lessons and develop sustainable and transferable policy-recommendations, • to establish a network of experts on the phenomenon of shrinking urban regions, • to discuss the findings with practitioners and policy-makers in order to improve transferability of knowledge into action.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Germany
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 477 108
Administrative Contact
Annette Schmidt (Ms.)

Participants (8)

LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 205 435
Address
Rodney Street 2 Egerton Court
L3 5UX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrew Young (Prof.)
OSTRAVSKA UNIVERZITA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 64 800
Address
Dvorakova 7
701 03 Ostrava
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Petr Rumpel (Dr.)
UNIWERSYTET SLASKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 120 900
Address
Ul. Bankowa 12
40 007 Katowice
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Urszula Ziegler (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 244 800
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sara Pascarelli (Ms.)
UNIVERSITATEA DE VEST DIN TIMISOARA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 56 880
Address
Bd Vasile Parvan 4
300223 Timisoara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bogdan Nadolu (Dr.)
Industrial Economics Institute, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 50 040
Address
Universytets'ka 77
830468 Donetsk
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Oleksandr Amosha (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 222 612,80
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 53 515,20
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
May Chung (Ms.)